Matt Sanctis

Reporter

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.

 

Latest from Matt Sanctis

Eby-Brown of Springfield will lay off roughly 30 people from its NewFreshCo Foods business, which supplies sandwiches and other products to convenience store chains. The layoffs are to take effect Aug. 8. Jeff Guerini/Staff

Local firm lays off more than 30 employees

Eby-Brown of Springfield will lay off more than 30 employees in August from its NewFreshCo Foods business, which supplies sandwiches and other products to convenience store chains including Speedway. Company officials did not return several calls seeking comment Tuesday. But staff from the Clark County Department of Job and Family ...

Construction continues on the CVS Pharmacy being built in downtown New Carlisle on Monday. Springfield’s May permits were down compared to last year. Bill Lackey/Staff

Weather, other factors slows Clark County building projects

A harsh winter slowed construction of residential and commercial projects in Clark County earlier this year, and the value of projects in Springfield has dropped almost 50 percent compared to the same time last year.The number and value of construction permits is one sign watched by developers and area leaders ...

Springfield artist hoping gallery draws residents downtown

A Springfield artist recently expanded his studio, hoping to showcase his work and that of other area artists to draw more residents downtown.Doug Frates has operated his glass studio at the former Meeks Building on Fountain Avenue for about two years. Running with Scissors, a local retailer, shared the space ...

Parade draws dozens to downtown Enon

Residents lined the streets along Enon on Friday afternoon as the village hosted its annual Independence Day parade.Pleasant weather helped draw dozens of residents, and children scrambled along the side of the street for pieces of candy thrown from the parade’s participants.Walter and Sheri Adkins, of Enon, said they’ve been ...

Chris Lewis measures a large windows in one of the apartments under construction on the third floor of the 100-year-old building at 122 E. Main St. in downtown Springfield Wednesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Housing key to downtown Springfield revitalization

Renovations have started on apartments in two downtown Springfield buildings, part of a long-term plan to show that the area is viable for potential residents. The two separate projects include four apartments in the upper floors of the Firesale Warehouse, 122 E. Main St., and then units at 10-10½ N. ...

Casey's Restaurant in Springfield. Staff photo by Bill Lackey

Longtime Springfield restaurant has new owner

Casey’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, a longtime landmark in Springfield, has a new owner after an investor purchased the property earlier this week. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which had served steak and seafood dinners to its customers for more than two decades, closed in 2012. Casey Clemons, the restaurant’s original owner ...

One of the concourses in the Upper Valley Mall. A bank has filed for receivership of the Upper Valley Mall, saying it is defaulting on its $47 million loan and doesn’t have sufficient cash flow to maintain it. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield mall unlikely to close, despite legal case

The Upper Valley Mall is unlikely to close, despite a recent complaint asking the Clark County Common Pleas Court to appoint a receiver to take over management of the decades-old shopping center, according to a national retail expert.Wells Fargo filed the complaint last week, citing concerns the mall can’t pay ...

EPA: Air samples OK near Springfield manufacturer

Air samples collected from a handful of homes near Cascade’s manufacturing facility showed no cause for concern, according to information from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.The Sheridan Avenue company, which manufactures attachments for fork and truck lifts, recently collected air samples from about 10 homes near its property to check ...

The owners of Fent’s Dairy, from left, Joy Carter, Rita Hall and Jay Fent at their new location in the Upper Valley Mall. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County dairy adds location at mall

A 42-year-old local restaurant and ice cream shop has expanded, adding a location at the Upper Valley Mall. Fent’s Dairy Corner has undergone a number of changes in recent months, said Rita Hall, who owns the restaurant with her sister Joy Carter and her brother, Jay Fent. The family has ...

Clark County housing sales down slightly from 2013

Property sales declined 11 percent between April and May in both Clark and Champaign counties, although sales have spiked in Champaign County compared to the same time last year.Overall, home sales in both counties will likely remain relatively stable for the rest of this year due to a lack of ...

 
 

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