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Matt Sanctis

Matt has worked for the Springfield News-Sun covering Champaign County since 2007. He covers city and county government, schools, courts, police and fire in Champaign County. He grew up in Beavercreek and graduated from the University of Toledo in 2002. He lives in Fairborn. Sanctis worked for three years covering Sandusky County for the Fremont News-Messenger before joining the Springfield News-Sun.  

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Downtown Springfield business owner sells after 15 years of growth
 Pat Frock was skeptical at first when a friend encouraged her to buy Springfield Health and Fitness, a 250-square-foot space that was part of a cardiac rehab center in the Bushnell Building downtown. Frock, a regional vice president for Burger King at the time, originally planned to buy it just to sell off the gym equipment for a quick profit...

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Pat Frock was skeptical at first when a friend encouraged her to buy Springfield Health and Fitness, a 250-square-foot space that was part of a cardiac rehab center in the Bushnell Building downtown. Frock, a regional vice president for Burger King at the time, originally planned to buy it just to sell off the gym equipment for a quick profit...
New business to open Friday at Upper Valley Mall
 A new business scheduled to open at the Upper Valley Mall this week will allow customers to step inside inflatable balls and play games like human pool and foosball. Bill McConaha will open Knockerball Plus in a former bingo hall across from Spencer’s Gifts on Friday, Oct. 20. The business will also host a soft opening for mall employees...

Posted: 6 hours ago

A new business scheduled to open at the Upper Valley Mall this week will allow customers to step inside inflatable balls and play games like human pool and foosball. Bill McConaha will open Knockerball Plus in a former bingo hall across from Spencer’s Gifts on Friday, Oct. 20. The business will also host a soft opening for mall employees...
Springfield trucking firm to add up to 100 jobs, $5.2M investment
 The Navistar-GM partnership in Springfield has lead a Michigan trucking company to open a new terminal in Springfield, a move that could lead to a $5.2 million investment and more than 100 jobs over three years. Wheeler Trucking, based in Flushing, Mich., recently opened its newest location at a long-vacant Ford dealership at 5600 Urbana...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The Navistar-GM partnership in Springfield has lead a Michigan trucking company to open a new terminal in Springfield, a move that could lead to a $5.2 million investment and more than 100 jobs over three years. Wheeler Trucking, based in Flushing, Mich., recently opened its newest location at a long-vacant Ford dealership at 5600 Urbana...
Fighter jets to simulate threat over Springfield, Dayton area
 Residents in the Springfield and Dayton area might see fighter jets flying close to Civil Air Patrol aircraft from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight while jets from the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal...

Posted: a day ago

Residents in the Springfield and Dayton area might see fighter jets flying close to Civil Air Patrol aircraft from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight while jets from the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal...
Springfield-based EF Hutton settles lawsuit over pay dispute
 EF Hutton has settled a lawsuit filed by a former board member, ending a year-long dispute after the man claimed the company failed to pay him for his work and violated an agreement to make him president. Terms of the agreement between Dennis White and EF Hutton weren’t disclosed. Records from U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania show...

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EF Hutton has settled a lawsuit filed by a former board member, ending a year-long dispute after the man claimed the company failed to pay him for his work and violated an agreement to make him president. Terms of the agreement between Dennis White and EF Hutton weren’t disclosed. Records from U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania show...
Look up! F-16s filling night sky near Springfield for training flights
 Springfield area residents might see or hear F-16 fighter jets overhead throughout this week as the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing conducts training night training flights. The unit, based in Toledo, is expected to conduct night operations through Thursday, Oct. 19, weather permitting. RELATED: Springfield Guard members...

Posted: 2 days ago

Springfield area residents might see or hear F-16 fighter jets overhead throughout this week as the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing conducts training night training flights. The unit, based in Toledo, is expected to conduct night operations through Thursday, Oct. 19, weather permitting. RELATED: Springfield Guard members...
Best of Springfield winners: Who’s best local restaurant, pizza, more
 A ceremony this week will honor numerous small and local businesses who provide services to area residents ranging from fine dining to landscaping. The Chamber of Greater Springfield’s annual Best of Springfield event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown. The event...

Posted: 2 days ago

A ceremony this week will honor numerous small and local businesses who provide services to area residents ranging from fine dining to landscaping. The Chamber of Greater Springfield’s annual Best of Springfield event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown. The event...
Portman pushes tax reform with Springfield business leaders
 Federal tax reform being pushed by Republicans would create jobs and boost wages, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman told a group of Springfield business owners during a private roundtable discussion Monday. The meeting was one of several similar discussions Portman has also hosted in Columbus, Dayton and Cleveland. The discussion wasn’t open to...

Posted: 2 days ago

Federal tax reform being pushed by Republicans would create jobs and boost wages, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman told a group of Springfield business owners during a private roundtable discussion Monday. The meeting was one of several similar discussions Portman has also hosted in Columbus, Dayton and Cleveland. The discussion wasn’t open to...
Springfield decides against going after Amazon HQ project
 Clark County economic development leaders decided against going after a proposed $5 billion Amazon headquarters because they said it could disrupt the local economy and it would have been futile. It might have been tempting to throw Clark County’s hat in the ring for the online retailer’s second U.S. headquarters, said Horton...

Posted: 4 days ago

Clark County economic development leaders decided against going after a proposed $5 billion Amazon headquarters because they said it could disrupt the local economy and it would have been futile. It might have been tempting to throw Clark County’s hat in the ring for the online retailer’s second U.S. headquarters, said Horton...
Urbana manufacturing firms see $80M in investment
 Champaign County manufacturing firms invested more than $80 million and added slightly more than 100 new jobs through expansions this year, economic development officials said last week. The number of workers employed in the industry in Champaign County has fluctuated in recent years, according to information from the Champaign Economic Partnership...

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Champaign County manufacturing firms invested more than $80 million and added slightly more than 100 new jobs through expansions this year, economic development officials said last week. The number of workers employed in the industry in Champaign County has fluctuated in recent years, according to information from the Champaign Economic Partnership...
Clark County 2nd in Ohio to join job skills program
 Clark County has a new tool to evaluate the region’s workforce and potentially lure more employers to the region. The county will roll out an ACT Work Ready program that helps communities identify skill gaps and look for ways to improve the local workforce, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Chamber of...

Posted: 8 days ago

Clark County has a new tool to evaluate the region’s workforce and potentially lure more employers to the region. The county will roll out an ACT Work Ready program that helps communities identify skill gaps and look for ways to improve the local workforce, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Chamber of...