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.  

Latest from Matt Sanctis

Clark County Clerk office offers $1M to cover costs for new 911 center
 The Clark County Clerk of Common Pleas Courts office will send $1 million to the county to be used to cover a portion of costs for a new 911 emergency dispatch center. Melissa Tuttle, Clark County clerk of courts, said the funding is the result of various savings from her two years in office, along with revenue that accumulated at the county&rsquo...

Posted: 28 days ago

The Clark County Clerk of Common Pleas Courts office will send $1 million to the county to be used to cover a portion of costs for a new 911 emergency dispatch center. Melissa Tuttle, Clark County clerk of courts, said the funding is the result of various savings from her two years in office, along with revenue that accumulated at the county&rsquo...
New housing, business expansions planned for 2019
 Residents in Springfield will see new job opportunities, construction on new housing options and more businesses popping up downtown, according to local economic development officials. In Champaign County, a local hotel project is moving forward for the first time in several years and officials are pushing ahead with a cleanup effort at the...

Posted: 29 days ago

Residents in Springfield will see new job opportunities, construction on new housing options and more businesses popping up downtown, according to local economic development officials. In Champaign County, a local hotel project is moving forward for the first time in several years and officials are pushing ahead with a cleanup effort at the...
Former Coco’s Bistro chef to help launch new fine-dining restaurant in Springfield
 A chef who served two stints with Coco’s Bistro will be the co-founder of a new fine-dining restaurant coming to downtown Springfield this spring.  Darin Mitchell stepped down as Coco’s chef a month ago. Mitchell helped open Coco’s Bistro’s previous location on Wayne Avenue more than a decade ago, and returned...

6:04 PM Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

A chef who served two stints with Coco’s Bistro will be the co-founder of a new fine-dining restaurant coming to downtown Springfield this spring.  Darin Mitchell stepped down as Coco’s chef a month ago. Mitchell helped open Coco’s Bistro’s previous location on Wayne Avenue more than a decade ago, and returned...
Chef, physician plan to open fine dining restaurant in downtown Springfield
 A local physician and a chef who has worked at one of Dayton’s best-known restaurants said they plan to open a new fine-dining restaurant in Springfield in the next few months. Shawn Osterholt and Darin Mitchell said they plan to open a new restaurant called Stella Bleu at 20 N. Fountain Ave. in Spring 2019. Construction work is ongoing...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

A local physician and a chef who has worked at one of Dayton’s best-known restaurants said they plan to open a new fine-dining restaurant in Springfield in the next few months. Shawn Osterholt and Darin Mitchell said they plan to open a new restaurant called Stella Bleu at 20 N. Fountain Ave. in Spring 2019. Construction work is ongoing...
Speaker to address challenges facing Springfield
 Several local entities are working together to host two days of discussions this month to identify strategies to improve Springfield’s downtown, but also to focus on issues from improving education to reducing crime rates in the community. Most of the meetings will bring together local school district superintendents and organizations...

3:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 06, 2019

Several local entities are working together to host two days of discussions this month to identify strategies to improve Springfield’s downtown, but also to focus on issues from improving education to reducing crime rates in the community. Most of the meetings will bring together local school district superintendents and organizations...
Honda sees solid sales to end 2018
 Honda finished the year with solid sales in December, although the company reported its total sales for 2018 were down slightly compared to the previous year. The auto maker reported its combined car and truck sales were up about 4 percent last month compared to November, and when compared to December 2017. The company also said its sales...

12:00 AM Friday, Jan. 04, 2019

Honda finished the year with solid sales in December, although the company reported its total sales for 2018 were down slightly compared to the previous year. The auto maker reported its combined car and truck sales were up about 4 percent last month compared to November, and when compared to December 2017. The company also said its sales...
Cassano’s to redevelop two existing Springfield restaurants
 Regional pizza chain Cassano’s is building a new store next door to its existing location on South Limestone Street, and the company is also planning improvements to a second location. The company has four stores in Springfield, said Chip Cassano, CEO for the chain. But the store at 2123 S. Limestone St. is an old Arthur Treacher&rsquo...

11:00 AM Friday, Jan. 04, 2019

Regional pizza chain Cassano’s is building a new store next door to its existing location on South Limestone Street, and the company is also planning improvements to a second location. The company has four stores in Springfield, said Chip Cassano, CEO for the chain. But the store at 2123 S. Limestone St. is an old Arthur Treacher&rsquo...
Honda sees positive sales in December
 Honda finished the year on a strong note with both car and truck sales increasing compared to November, although the company reported its total sales were down slightly compared to the previous year. The company reported truck sales set new monthly and annual records, and reported sales of the Honda CR-V sport-utility vehicle were up 13 percent...

6:22 PM Thursday, Jan. 03, 2019

Honda finished the year on a strong note with both car and truck sales increasing compared to November, although the company reported its total sales were down slightly compared to the previous year. The company reported truck sales set new monthly and annual records, and reported sales of the Honda CR-V sport-utility vehicle were up 13 percent...
Remodeled shopping center adds tenants
 A previously vacant strip mall on Upper Valley Pike is showing new signs of life after a small number of local businesses — including a screen printing shop and an arcade facility — have moved into the shopping center. Pixel Playground moved from its previous location at the Upper Valley Mall to the shopping center at 1030 to...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2019

A previously vacant strip mall on Upper Valley Pike is showing new signs of life after a small number of local businesses — including a screen printing shop and an arcade facility — have moved into the shopping center. Pixel Playground moved from its previous location at the Upper Valley Mall to the shopping center at 1030 to...
Jailed deputy resigns, but few details available
 A Clark County Sheriff’s deputy resigned his job Monday, the same day he was arrested on unspecified charges and jailed in Greene County. Information from the Greene County Jail shows Marcus C. Johnson IV, 26, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Clark County Jail, 120 N. Fountain Ave. in downtown Springfield. However, it was...

7:41 PM Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019

A Clark County Sheriff’s deputy resigned his job Monday, the same day he was arrested on unspecified charges and jailed in Greene County. Information from the Greene County Jail shows Marcus C. Johnson IV, 26, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Clark County Jail, 120 N. Fountain Ave. in downtown Springfield. However, it was...
Former Springfield Target store could become indoor storage facility
 An Indiana-based company wants to convert a vacant Target retail store in Springfield into an indoor self-storage facility. Springfield’s city commissioners will hear a rezoning request Wednesday, Jan. 2, to decide whether to make a change allowing the vacant retail store to be converted to an indoor, climate-controlled storage business...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019

An Indiana-based company wants to convert a vacant Target retail store in Springfield into an indoor self-storage facility. Springfield’s city commissioners will hear a rezoning request Wednesday, Jan. 2, to decide whether to make a change allowing the vacant retail store to be converted to an indoor, climate-controlled storage business...