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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The long-planned $7.5 million Love’s Travel Stop near the Interstate 70 and Ohio 41 interchange is expected to begin construction next month. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Construction to start soon on $7.5M Springfield travel stop

The long-planned $7.5 million Love’s Travel Stop near the Interstate 70 and Ohio 41 interchange is expected to begin construction next month.Projects of similar size are typically completed in about 10 months, said Kealey Dorian, a media specialist for Love’s.The project will be key for both the interchange and the ...

Deputies: Teen who reported bomb threat is culprit

UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m. (April 8)A 16-year-old boy is now accused of leaving the bomb threat he reported finding Wednesday morning at Shawnee High School.The student is charged with inducing panic and criminal mischief and is being held in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Facility, according to the Clark County ...

Brian Louis, an employee of Boonshoft, shows Luke, left, and Eli Mosshammer and their mother, Jeni, some pirate science at the museum. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, which currently operates a location inside the Upper Valley Mall, will close that location. Bill Lackey/Staff

Boonshoft to close Springfield mall location

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield announced Friday it will close its location at the Upper Valley Mall next month, citing declining attendance numbers.The museum’s final day will be April 30.The 20,000-square-foot museum has occupied space in the former Elder-Beerman store at the mall since November of 2013. Attendance has ...

City of Springfield employee Allen Jones drives past the row of pumps in the city’s fresh water well field along Eagle City Road. Many local residents want a hazardous waste dump at the Tremont City Barrel Fill cleaned up because it’s close to the city’s drinking water source. Bill Lackey/Staff

Army Corps to study Tremont City barrel fill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $10,000 to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers evaluate additional cleanup measures at a local hazardous waste dump in northern Clark County.A final draft of the Tremont City Barrel Fill report from the Army Corps is expected to be completed later this ...

Workers at Navistar assemble a truck cab. Bill Lackey/Staff

Navistar, major Springfield employer, could be sold, experts say

Navistar — a major Springfield employer — could be sold as the manufacturer has positioned itself to be attractive to a buyer or additional partners, industry experts said.But a sale or more partnerships like a recent deal with GM to build trucks in Springfield likely wouldn’t hurt the plant here, ...

Chiller to host cardboard bobsled event

A local ice rink is expecting a large crowd this weekend for its second annual cardboard bobsled event.The National Trail Parks and Recreation District is hosting the Cardboard Classic Bobsled Races at 1 p.m. Saturday at the NTPRD Chiller, 301 W. Main St.Local groups, including more than 60 Boy Scouts, ...

A plastic bag covers the red light camera at the intersection of Bechtle Avenue and Troy Road. Jeff Guerini/Staff

Springfield loses red light camera lawsuit appeal

The city of Springfield lost its appeal challenging new state restrictions on the use of red light cameras, but it will likely ask the Ohio Supreme Court to hear its case later this year.Springfield Law Director Jerry Strozdas said he will probably file an appeal within the next week.State lawmakers ...

Fireworks explode of the Springfield City Hall at the conclussion of the annual Holiday in the City Festival Saturday evening on Nov. 28, 2015. The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will take over running the annual festival.Bill Lackey/Staff

Visitors Bureau to run Holiday in the City, Springfield Farmers Market

Two major downtown events will continue this year under the direction of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.Holiday in the City and the Springfield Farmers Market were previously managed by the Center City Association, which dissolved earlier this week after serving as the advocates for downtown since 1998.“Center City ...

Santa watches the fireworks from the top of a City of Springfield fire engine during a recent Holiday in the City festival. The group that had planned it, Center City Association, is dissolving and another organization will take it over. Bill Lackey/Staff

Downtown Springfield association to disband

The Center City Association — a group that has advocated for downtown Springfield for nearly 20 years during a time when about $400 million was spent redeveloping the area — will disband.The association organizes the annual Holiday in the City event and the Springfield Farmers Market, which draws thousands of ...

Enon police Lt. Mike Holler is one of three full-time and five part-time police officers for the Village of Enon. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Enon may seek police levy

The village of Enon may seek additional tax dollars later this year to operate its police department.“We’re just like every other community,” said Enon Mayor Timothy Howard. “Our expenses are going up and our revenues are doing down. We’re faced with the challenge of the best way to address that.”The ...