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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Box 27 members with their canteen truck stationed at Springfield Fire Station No. 4 in 2014. From left to right are Chief Dale Crist, Dave Adams, Assistant Chief Gary Cochrun, Linda Allen and President Vicki Matthies. Box 27 serves the Springfield Fire and Police Departments. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Golf outing supports Springfield’s Box 27

A local golf outing held in honor of a longtime Springfield Fire/Rescue Division fire chief is having a big impact on a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping first-responders.The Donald J. Lee Memorial Golf Outing will again benefit Box 27 Associates, a volunteer group that provides support to firefighters and ...

The Burnett Road project, which so far includes replacing and repairing the curbs, was funded as part of the 2016-2019 TIP funding. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee will have about $10 million over the next four years, or about $2.5M annually, for road projects in Clark County. Municipalities have until the end of the month to apply. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

$10M available in Clark County for federal projects

About $10 million in federal money will be available to local governments for traffic improvement projects between 2018 and 2021.The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee is accepting applications for the next Transportation Improvement Program cycle, Director Scott Schmid said.The TIP is a planning document completed every two years that lists ...

Rocking Horse receives two awards, $48K grant

Rocking Horse Community Health Center will receive more than $48,000 in grant money after winning multiple awards for providing high-quality services.The Springfield-based health center won two awards, including $40,000 for the Primary Care Medical Home Recognition award and $8,572 for a Clinical Quality Improver award, the U.S. Department of Health ...

A member of the Clark County Sheriff’s office pulls marijuana plants out of the growing containers after they raided a barn in the 5000 block of Fairfield Pike and found a growing operation Tuesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

3-month investigation leads to 3rd large pot bust in Clark County

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office removed more than 100 marijuana plants from a barn Tuesday afternoon after a three-month investigation into the growing operation in Mad River Twp. Deputies began searching at a home and a barn in the 5500 block of Fairfield Pike about about 10 a.m., Maj. Rusty ...

Traffic along Main Street in New Carlisle Friday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Federal rule changes could affect western Clark County

Proposed federal rule changes to the way local transportation planning organizations operate could lead to fewer road projects in western Clark County, local leaders said.If approved, the rules could lead to New Carlisle and Enon being added to the Dayton region for transportation planning, it may lead to less money ...

Kitty Smith, from the Clark County Combined Health District, talks about some of the medication used to treat STDs Friday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

STD numbers spike in Clark County

Sexually-transmitted diseases are on the rise in Clark County, including syphilis cases, which have increased more than a thousand percent over the last five years. New funding from the state health department and a state bill passed earlier this year could help get more people tested and treated for STDs ...

An assortment of condoms and medication the Clark County Combined Health District uses to treat STD’s. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Clark County official: STDs can be treated

While Clark County has made strides in improving some measures of overall health, one factor is headed in a negative direction — sexually transmitted diseases. The 2016 County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Clark County has the ninth highest rate of newly diagnosed cases of ...

The Clark County Offices and Municipal Court building. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Federal change will cost Clark County $3 million

Federal changes will result in Clark County losing $3 million — more than 12 percent of its $23.5 million in annual sales tax revenue — when the state stops collecting sales taxes from certain health care organizations.The federal government is ending the state’s collection of sale taxes on services from ...

Jaimie Hamilton holds pictures of her sons, the oldest of which she had when she was four days shy of 15 years old. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County teen birth rates see big drop, still among worst in Ohio

The number of teens giving birth in Clark County has been cut in half over the past five years, but it still ranks among the worst counties in Ohio for teen pregnancy rates.The teen birth rate here dropped from about 54 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19 in ...

Later Clark County school starts could improve test scores, attendance

Research shows daily high school start times should be pushed back to allow high school students to get more sleep, but Clark County school leaders say many complicating factors are involved in setting those times. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended start times at high schools be pushed ...


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