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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Clark County seeking ideas for bicentennial celebration
 Clark County will begin celebrating its 200th birthday next April — and its asking for suggestions on how it should party. The Clark County Bicentennial Committee is seeking suggestions for possible events to be held as part of its celebration next year. “At this point, we’re open to whatever anyone wants to do,” said...

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Clark County will begin celebrating its 200th birthday next April — and its asking for suggestions on how it should party. The Clark County Bicentennial Committee is seeking suggestions for possible events to be held as part of its celebration next year. “At this point, we’re open to whatever anyone wants to do,” said...
Clark County, Springfield continue land use plan update process
 Several communities, shopping corridors and recreational areas in Clark County are being considered as locations for opportunities for future development or preservation as part of a long-term strategic planning effort. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan — held three meetings...

Posted: a day ago

Several communities, shopping corridors and recreational areas in Clark County are being considered as locations for opportunities for future development or preservation as part of a long-term strategic planning effort. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan — held three meetings...
High School Football: Lemen, Jenkins power Kenton Ridge past Graham
 When designed quarterback runs failed, the Kenton Ridge High School football team let Dylan Lemen improvise. The sophomore quarterback scored two touchdowns on runs of 7 and 29 yards and threw for another score as the Cougars pulled away in the second half to beat host Graham 42-14 at Dallas Stadium on Friday night. »RELATED: Week 5...

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When designed quarterback runs failed, the Kenton Ridge High School football team let Dylan Lemen improvise. The sophomore quarterback scored two touchdowns on runs of 7 and 29 yards and threw for another score as the Cougars pulled away in the second half to beat host Graham 42-14 at Dallas Stadium on Friday night. »RELATED: Week 5...
Addicts, family members share stories at Springfield recovery banquet
 In March of 2016, Cole Sowards walked into McKinley Hall, a local treatment facility, for the sixth time. MORE: More prevention needed to curb opioid epidemic in Springfield The 29-year-old Springfield resident had been to treatment eight times previously, but it never stuck. Today, he’s been clean for 18 months. “I’ve never...

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In March of 2016, Cole Sowards walked into McKinley Hall, a local treatment facility, for the sixth time. MORE: More prevention needed to curb opioid epidemic in Springfield The 29-year-old Springfield resident had been to treatment eight times previously, but it never stuck. Today, he’s been clean for 18 months. “I’ve never...
Springfield native living clean, successful after prison, addiction
 Springfield native Jeff Childress began using drugs when he was 12 years old — and he never stopped. He didn’t know as a pre-teen it would lead him to prison twice and homelessness. “Basically, it was a loss of everything,” Childress said. “Living skills reduced to the animal level.” Childress has been...

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Springfield native Jeff Childress began using drugs when he was 12 years old — and he never stopped. He didn’t know as a pre-teen it would lead him to prison twice and homelessness. “Basically, it was a loss of everything,” Childress said. “Living skills reduced to the animal level.” Childress has been...
Springfield ex-addicts: Recovery possible
 About 160 people have died from drug overdoses in Clark County since the beginning of 2016 but many more have escaped addiction’s grasp. In Springfield, hundreds of addicts have found their way to local treatment facilities and programs to live a better life. This month, those addicts celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery...

Posted: 2 days ago

About 160 people have died from drug overdoses in Clark County since the beginning of 2016 but many more have escaped addiction’s grasp. In Springfield, hundreds of addicts have found their way to local treatment facilities and programs to live a better life. This month, those addicts celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery...
‘Perfect’ Springfield couple battles addictions, finds recovery
 In 2014, Springfield residents Abby and Eli Glaser and their five children were pictured on a billboard for a local organization promoting healthy relationships. At home, however, the family struggled as Eli Glaser battled a prescription pill addiction and depression that saw him blow through the family’s finances. He tried to get clean...

Posted: 2 days ago

In 2014, Springfield residents Abby and Eli Glaser and their five children were pictured on a billboard for a local organization promoting healthy relationships. At home, however, the family struggled as Eli Glaser battled a prescription pill addiction and depression that saw him blow through the family’s finances. He tried to get clean...
More prevention needed to curb opioid epidemic in Springfield
 More prevention and community education is needed to curb the opioid epidemic that has led to more than 160 deaths in Clark County and Springfield in the last two years, local leaders told residents on Tuesday afternoon. MORE: New program seeks to reach Clark County overdose patients, save lives About 50 people attended a community forum...

Posted: 3 days ago

More prevention and community education is needed to curb the opioid epidemic that has led to more than 160 deaths in Clark County and Springfield in the last two years, local leaders told residents on Tuesday afternoon. MORE: New program seeks to reach Clark County overdose patients, save lives About 50 people attended a community forum...
Springfield man accused of picking up child from school drunk
 A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after he allegedly attempted to pick up a child from school while drunk. Christopher C. Hill, 28, of 1727 Highland Ave., pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. He also faces one charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. RELATED: Springfield...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after he allegedly attempted to pick up a child from school while drunk. Christopher C. Hill, 28, of 1727 Highland Ave., pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. He also faces one charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. RELATED: Springfield...
Springfield man indicted, accused of snorting drugs in police cruiser
 A Springfield man accused of snorting drugs in the back of a police cruiser last month has been indicted on multiple drug charges. Brandon D. Bess, 30, of 817 Timberview Drive, was indicted by the Clark County grand jury on Monday and charged with one count of possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs. RELATED: Springfield...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Springfield man accused of snorting drugs in the back of a police cruiser last month has been indicted on multiple drug charges. Brandon D. Bess, 30, of 817 Timberview Drive, was indicted by the Clark County grand jury on Monday and charged with one count of possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs. RELATED: Springfield...
Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates
 The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. The event will be an open discussion that will include local professionals and a person in recovery. The message is often spread...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. The event will be an open discussion that will include local professionals and a person in recovery. The message is often spread...