Michael Cooper

City reporter

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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Hobby Lobby is moving from its current location on Upper Valley Pike to a new development on Bechtle Avenue, according to Springfield building records. Bill Lackey/Staff

Hobby Lobby plans Bechtle location, leaving Upper Valley

Hobby Lobby will relocate from its current spot near the Upper Valley Mall to a new development on Bechtle Avenue, the fifth anchor store to depart from the mall area over the past couple of years. The national arts and crafts chain, currently located at 1390 Upper Valley Pike, has ...

Dr. Kent Youngman looks over the future site of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties four-unit housing for individuals who need specialized services. Bill Lackey/Staff

Mental Health board to build $490K development in Springfield

A $490,000, four-unit residential facility with services for individuals with mental health issues will be developed on the corner of Cedar and Race streets in Springfield.The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties will develop the facility on a vacant lot owned by the city of ...

Fire destroys duplex in Springfield

Flames destroyed a duplex on North Belmont Avenue Wednesday morning in Springfield. Springfield Fire/Rescue Division crews responded to the blaze at 8:30 a.m. at 1020 and 1022 N. Belmont Ave., located on the corner near Cleveland Street. No one was injured in the blaze, according to residents, but the house ...

Demolition continues on the part of the Crowell Collier buiding Wednesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

$1M bond set to ensure Crowell-Collier demolition

The city and the Crowell-Collier Building’s owner have agreed to a $1 million security bond to ensure demolition of certain buildings will be complete by next spring.If the demolition of buildings K, J and F is not completed by the end of April next year, the city will use the ...

Alex Howell, left, and Dawn Mount hold the Certificate of Marriage they received after their commitment ceremony. The two say they extremely happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling and plan to make their marriage official soon. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield gay rights, church leaders react to marriage decision

Springfield gay rights advocates were overwhelmed with joy by the landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States, but opponents decried the decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that the U.S. Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages ...

$1.7M in road repairs approved in Springfield

About $1.7 million in street paving projects will be completed in Springfield this summer, including a portion of North Limestone Street.The Springfield City Commission at Tuesday’s meeting approved two emergency ordinances for street repairs. The city will spend about $580,000 in local money for various road repairs.“We’re excited about any ...

Diane Heaton works at the marriage desk in the Clark County Probate Court. The Clark County Probate Court will be prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if a ruling is made by the U.S. Supreme Court later this month. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark, Champaign County courts ready for same-sex marriage ruling

Probate courts in Clark and Champaign counties are prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if it becomes law following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected this month.A possible outcome of the Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, is that Ohio probate courts will be required to issue licenses. ...

Tina Koumoutsos looks over the former site of Community Hospital at the corner of High Street and Burnett Road. The $7 million Community Gardens senior living facility proposed at the site will be pushed back one year after it did not receive tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Bill Lackey/Staff

$7M senior housing project at old Springfield hospital site delayed

A $7 million senior living facility proposed at the former Community Hospital site has been delayed after the state didn’t award a local housing organization federal income tax credits for the project.The Community Gardens senior apartments — an 80-unit affordable senior housing development planned on the 11.5-acre site at the ...

Red light camera detections rose 47 percent in Springfield in May, a few months after the cameras were turned off due to a new state law. Bill Lackey/Staff

More drivers running red lights in Springfield since cameras shut off

More people are running red lights in Springfield at intersections with red light cameras three months after they were turned off due to a new state law that restricted their use. The Springfield Police Division saw a 47 percent increase in the red light violation detection rate at the 17 ...

Ex-CEO of red light camera company guilty of bribery in Ohio

A former chief executive officer for red light ticket camera company RedFlex Traffic Systems — the vendor for red light cameras in Springfield — has pleaded guilty to participating in an eight-year bribery and fraud scheme, the FBI said Friday.There was no mention of any links to Springfield and city ...

 
 

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