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Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper has worked at the News-Sun since 2002 and covers the city of Springfield for the Springfield News-Sun. He began as a sports desk clerk and was hired as a  full-time sports writer in 2005. In 2012, he began a new assignment as a city reporter. Cooper is a graduate of both Southeastern High School and Wilmington. He now lives in Springfield with wife, Carey. Cooper became interested in journalism from growing up and reading sports books. He fell in love with telling stories about interesting people.

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Springfield to offer up to $100K in loans for home improvements
 The city of Springfield is now offering zero-interest loans to residents who are looking to make exterior improvements to their properties. The program will be available to owner-occupants of single-family homes who want to install new windows, vinyl siding or related treatment, such as soffits, Springfield Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator...

Posted: 3 hours ago

The city of Springfield is now offering zero-interest loans to residents who are looking to make exterior improvements to their properties. The program will be available to owner-occupants of single-family homes who want to install new windows, vinyl siding or related treatment, such as soffits, Springfield Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator...
Money used to fight Clark County drug crisis at risk
 A Clark County Municipal Court program that keeps addicts on probation from using opioids in the midst of a drug epidemic that’s seen 600 overdoses here this year could be affected by a possible cut in state grant money. However local agencies might be able to cover the program’s funding gap to keep it afloat. The program provides...

Posted: 17 hours ago

A Clark County Municipal Court program that keeps addicts on probation from using opioids in the midst of a drug epidemic that’s seen 600 overdoses here this year could be affected by a possible cut in state grant money. However local agencies might be able to cover the program’s funding gap to keep it afloat. The program provides...
Overdose leads Springfield police to hotel with drugs, 3-year-old
 A Springfield man and woman were arrested Thursday evening after another woman’s overdose led police to a 3-year-old child who was staying in a hotel room that allegedly contained multiple drugs, including heroin. Michael J. Crowley II, 39, was charged with five counts of drug possession and one count each of drug paraphernalia, drug...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A Springfield man and woman were arrested Thursday evening after another woman’s overdose led police to a 3-year-old child who was staying in a hotel room that allegedly contained multiple drugs, including heroin. Michael J. Crowley II, 39, was charged with five counts of drug possession and one count each of drug paraphernalia, drug...
Clark, Champaign county pools to open this weekend
 Clark and Champaign County municipal pools will be opening for the summer this Memorial Day weekend. The National Trail Parks and Recreation District’s Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center, 300 Eagle City Road, will open at noon Saturday. It will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Aug. 13. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children...

Posted: a day ago

Clark and Champaign County municipal pools will be opening for the summer this Memorial Day weekend. The National Trail Parks and Recreation District’s Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center, 300 Eagle City Road, will open at noon Saturday. It will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Aug. 13. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children...
Springfield churches unite to open recovery house for addicts
 A coalition of Springfield churches want to work together to open a recovery house to help drug addicts transition back into society. About 300 people from 15 different churches attended an informational meeting about the Celebrating Recovery House this week at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield. The coalition hopes to have the house open...

Posted: a day ago

A coalition of Springfield churches want to work together to open a recovery house to help drug addicts transition back into society. About 300 people from 15 different churches attended an informational meeting about the Celebrating Recovery House this week at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield. The coalition hopes to have the house open...
More than 2,500 people will march in Springfield Memorial Day parade
 More than 2,600 people are expected to participate in this year’s Memorial Day parade in Springfield, organizers said. The Springfield Memorial Day Parade is touted as one of the largest in the country. The theme for this year is, “Honor, Duty and Country.” RELATED: North Hampton Memorial Day Parade back on after volunteer...

Posted: a day ago

More than 2,600 people are expected to participate in this year’s Memorial Day parade in Springfield, organizers said. The Springfield Memorial Day Parade is touted as one of the largest in the country. The theme for this year is, “Honor, Duty and Country.” RELATED: North Hampton Memorial Day Parade back on after volunteer...
Police: Springfield woman chokes husband’s girlfriend, hits car with baseball bat
 A Springfield woman was arrested after she allegedly assaulted her husband’s girlfriend and smashed his Cadillac with a baseball bat in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday evening. Erica Jones, 44, was charged with one count of assault. She was scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday morning. Jones’ husband...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield woman was arrested after she allegedly assaulted her husband’s girlfriend and smashed his Cadillac with a baseball bat in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday evening. Erica Jones, 44, was charged with one count of assault. She was scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday morning. Jones’ husband...
Springfield’s population dropped last year, lowest since 1910
 The city of Springfield likely lost more than 500 residents last year, which accounts for nearly 1 percent of its population, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s more than double the loss the city saw the previous year when less than 250 residents likely moved elsewhere, according to census estimates...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Springfield likely lost more than 500 residents last year, which accounts for nearly 1 percent of its population, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s more than double the loss the city saw the previous year when less than 250 residents likely moved elsewhere, according to census estimates...
Springfield woman charged after kids found in home with urine, insects
 A Springfield woman has been charged with child endangering after police allegedly found three children living in deplorable conditions last month, including what police described as an unbearable smell of animal urine and feces and at least 50 insects crawling on a ceiling. Beth A. Crable, 29, appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield woman has been charged with child endangering after police allegedly found three children living in deplorable conditions last month, including what police described as an unbearable smell of animal urine and feces and at least 50 insects crawling on a ceiling. Beth A. Crable, 29, appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court...
Springfield, Clark County safety forces officers honored
 Four safety forces officers were honored Monday by a local service organization for their commitment to protecting the Springfield community. Three Clark County law enforcement officers and a Springfield fire captain were honored with Service Above Self awards as part of the the 12th annual Safety Services Day ceremony by the Springfield...

Posted: 4 days ago

Four safety forces officers were honored Monday by a local service organization for their commitment to protecting the Springfield community. Three Clark County law enforcement officers and a Springfield fire captain were honored with Service Above Self awards as part of the the 12th annual Safety Services Day ceremony by the Springfield...
Overdose deaths in Clark County could reach record high by summer
 Clark County is on pace to break last year’s record drug death total by this summer as the opioid crisis continues to spread. The county has seen 67 suspected drug deaths this year as of May 16, including 35 which have been confirmed, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Last year, the county saw a record 79 drug deaths &mdash...

Posted: 6 days ago

Clark County is on pace to break last year’s record drug death total by this summer as the opioid crisis continues to spread. The county has seen 67 suspected drug deaths this year as of May 16, including 35 which have been confirmed, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Last year, the county saw a record 79 drug deaths &mdash...