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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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The annual Welding Rodeo is coming to the SCCTC
John Wolfe, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.

8:06 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

John Wolfe, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.
How a Philly cheesesteak goes from the grill to Carnegie Hall
 “Can I get one with whiz, no onion?” a hungry young man called into the window of Pat’s King of Steaks. The counterman deftly flipped a sizzling skein of thinly sliced steak onto a roll and then applied a lacquer of Cheez Whiz to create a classic Philly cheesesteak. Taking it all in with a digital recorder and high-end binaural...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

“Can I get one with whiz, no onion?” a hungry young man called into the window of Pat’s King of Steaks. The counterman deftly flipped a sizzling skein of thinly sliced steak onto a roll and then applied a lacquer of Cheez Whiz to create a classic Philly cheesesteak. Taking it all in with a digital recorder and high-end binaural...
After record Clark County drug deaths, big drop in fatal overdoses
 Clark County saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year for the third straight year, but a significant drop in recent months has local leaders optimistic the crisis might have peaked. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 104 people in Clark County in 2017 — an average of one drug death every 3.5 days, according to data from...

2:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 01, 2018

Clark County saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year for the third straight year, but a significant drop in recent months has local leaders optimistic the crisis might have peaked. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 104 people in Clark County in 2017 — an average of one drug death every 3.5 days, according to data from...
Springfield leaders: New red light camera bill unconstitutional
 Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...

10:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...
Springfield commissioner wants to examine goal-setting process
 A newly elected Springfield city commissioner wants to change the way the city sets and evaluates its annual goal-setting process. City Commissioner David Estrop has asked city staff members to present a resolution with goals for commissioners at the city’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27, including an updated five-year financial...

11:00 PM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

A newly elected Springfield city commissioner wants to change the way the city sets and evaluates its annual goal-setting process. City Commissioner David Estrop has asked city staff members to present a resolution with goals for commissioners at the city’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27, including an updated five-year financial...
Springfield’s Hartman Rock Garden seeking docents for guided tours
 A local nonprofit is seeking docents to guide tours at a historic Springfield site, the Hartman Rock Garden. The rock garden will host training next month for people interested in guiding tours at “one of the nation’s revered visionary art environments,” Springfield historian Kevin Rose said. PHOTO GALLERY: Hartman Rock...

2:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

A local nonprofit is seeking docents to guide tours at a historic Springfield site, the Hartman Rock Garden. The rock garden will host training next month for people interested in guiding tours at “one of the nation’s revered visionary art environments,” Springfield historian Kevin Rose said. PHOTO GALLERY: Hartman Rock...
Springfield NAACP threats connected with fired firefighter
 A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The letter contained “threats of violence and racial epithets,” in response to comment made by NAACP President Denise Williams to the media, Springfield officials said...

11:02 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The letter contained “threats of violence and racial epithets,” in response to comment made by NAACP President Denise Williams to the media, Springfield officials said...
Former Springfield RV dealer faces up to 15 years in prison
 A boat and RV dealer who operated a location in Springfield faces up to 15 years in prison, including a possible five years for crimes allegedly committed in Clark County. Thomas Owens, 42, of Marblehead, the owner of Tom’s Toys Inc., pleaded guilty to three counts of prohibited acts of involving certificates of title on Thursday, according...

2:21 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

A boat and RV dealer who operated a location in Springfield faces up to 15 years in prison, including a possible five years for crimes allegedly committed in Clark County. Thomas Owens, 42, of Marblehead, the owner of Tom’s Toys Inc., pleaded guilty to three counts of prohibited acts of involving certificates of title on Thursday, according...
Man accused of nearly running over Springfield police: “I’m on the drugs”
 A man has been accused of fleeing from Springfield police officers on Tuesday, nearly striking them with his car and later telling them he was on drugs. Lamar Hameed Jr., 20, at-large, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of failure to comply with an order from a police officer, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and...

3:03 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

A man has been accused of fleeing from Springfield police officers on Tuesday, nearly striking them with his car and later telling them he was on drugs. Lamar Hameed Jr., 20, at-large, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of failure to comply with an order from a police officer, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and...
Closed Springfield church finds new life as community center
 A downtown church that closed has found new life as a community center and will host a national comedian in recovery performing to raise money for its substance abuse initiative. Kay Dodd, a comedian and recovering addict, will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Community Center at 102 W. High St., the former Faith United Methodist...

12:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

A downtown church that closed has found new life as a community center and will host a national comedian in recovery performing to raise money for its substance abuse initiative. Kay Dodd, a comedian and recovering addict, will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Community Center at 102 W. High St., the former Faith United Methodist...
Springfield woman charged with abandoning injured dog
 A Springfield woman accused of dropping off an injured dog she claimed was a stray at the Clark County Dog Shelter faces charges after an investigation allegedly showed the injured animal belonged to her. MORE: Springfield parish center struck during chase for stolen car Amanda L. Engle, 29, has been charged with one count of abandoning animals...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

A Springfield woman accused of dropping off an injured dog she claimed was a stray at the Clark County Dog Shelter faces charges after an investigation allegedly showed the injured animal belonged to her. MORE: Springfield parish center struck during chase for stolen car Amanda L. Engle, 29, has been charged with one count of abandoning animals...