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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 residents to ask city leaders about finances, tax increase
 The city of Springfield will host financial forums one month before voters decide on an income tax increase at the polls on May 2. The forums are open to the public and will include presentations on both the city’s financial status and the upcoming tax issue. It will also include time for residents to ask questions, Deputy City Manager...

Posted: a day ago

The city of Springfield will host financial forums one month before voters decide on an income tax increase at the polls on May 2. The forums are open to the public and will include presentations on both the city’s financial status and the upcoming tax issue. It will also include time for residents to ask questions, Deputy City Manager...
Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number
 Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths...
Springfield voting precinct leaving church location
 A Springfield polling location is being permanently moved to a new building. The voting location for city precincts 2 and 3 — previously at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1612 S. Belmont Ave. — will now be located at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St. The change will take place immediately, according to the...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Springfield polling location is being permanently moved to a new building. The voting location for city precincts 2 and 3 — previously at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1612 S. Belmont Ave. — will now be located at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St. The change will take place immediately, according to the...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio
 People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...

Posted: 3 days ago

People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...
Clark County population continues to decline, reaches 50-year low
 Clark County’s population dropped by more than 1,000 residents last year to its lowest level in more than five decades. Creating more jobs will be key to reversing that and bringing people back to Clark County, local leaders and residents said. As of last July, Clark County’s population is estimated at 134,786 people, the lowest...

Posted: 3 days ago

Clark County’s population dropped by more than 1,000 residents last year to its lowest level in more than five decades. Creating more jobs will be key to reversing that and bringing people back to Clark County, local leaders and residents said. As of last July, Clark County’s population is estimated at 134,786 people, the lowest...
Addicts who overdose could face charges if they don’t ask for help
 The message to Clark County drug users is simple: Get help for your addictions or face criminal charges. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson is seeking to combat the opioid epidemic in the area.  “It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” Wilson said. “We can’t continue to let people just walk in and out free...

Posted: 4 days ago

The message to Clark County drug users is simple: Get help for your addictions or face criminal charges. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson is seeking to combat the opioid epidemic in the area.  “It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” Wilson said. “We can’t continue to let people just walk in and out free...
More development may be coming to busy Springfield shopping corridor
 More retail and restaurants could be coming to one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Springfield’s busiest shopping corridor. Powell, Ohio-based developer North Bechtle Square I Investments — which recently developed the area north of Walmart that includes a new Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and IHOP — has asked city...

Posted: 4 days ago

More retail and restaurants could be coming to one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Springfield’s busiest shopping corridor. Powell, Ohio-based developer North Bechtle Square I Investments — which recently developed the area north of Walmart that includes a new Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and IHOP — has asked city...
Clark County to charge addicts who OD and don’t seek treatment
 Clark County residents who overdose on opioids may face drug possession charges if they don’t seek treatment, according to a new policy from the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Andy Wilson and local law enforcement officials met last week to discuss how to combat the opioid epidemic, which has caused city and county...

Posted: 5 days ago

Clark County residents who overdose on opioids may face drug possession charges if they don’t seek treatment, according to a new policy from the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Andy Wilson and local law enforcement officials met last week to discuss how to combat the opioid epidemic, which has caused city and county...
Demand for, debate over Narcan soars in Springfield
 Theresa Arnold can’t imagine a world without naloxone, a world where her daughter doesn’t survive. The Springfield resident watched as her daughter was revived after overdosing on opioids in front of her while seeking treatment at a local clinic in January — the second time she had overdosed in three days. Without the revival...

Posted: 6 days ago

Theresa Arnold can’t imagine a world without naloxone, a world where her daughter doesn’t survive. The Springfield resident watched as her daughter was revived after overdosing on opioids in front of her while seeking treatment at a local clinic in January — the second time she had overdosed in three days. Without the revival...
Former Clark County director says she was forced to resign
 A former Clark County director says she was forced to resign after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Kim Deniston, the county’s Director of Information Systems since 1998, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation on March 3, according to a letter from Clark County Administrator Jenny...

Posted: 8 days ago

A former Clark County director says she was forced to resign after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Kim Deniston, the county’s Director of Information Systems since 1998, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation on March 3, according to a letter from Clark County Administrator Jenny...
$9.3M senior apartments at old Springfield hospital site delayed
 Construction of a long-planned $9.3 million senior housing development at the former Community Hospital site has been delayed two months due to issues with state tax credits. The Community Gardens senior apartments — an 86-unit affordable senior housing development planned on the 11.5-acre site at the corner of High Street and Burnett...

Posted: 9 days ago

Construction of a long-planned $9.3 million senior housing development at the former Community Hospital site has been delayed two months due to issues with state tax credits. The Community Gardens senior apartments — an 86-unit affordable senior housing development planned on the 11.5-acre site at the corner of High Street and Burnett...