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

Home sales down in region due to lack of inventory
 Home sales dipped slightly in both Clark and Champaign Counties for the first half of this year, as a lack of inventory remains a challenge and drives up sales prices. Statewide, 2017 was a record year for home sales, and reports from January to May show the industry is just slightly off pace so far this year said Carl Horst, a spokesman...

Posted: 2 days ago

Home sales dipped slightly in both Clark and Champaign Counties for the first half of this year, as a lack of inventory remains a challenge and drives up sales prices. Statewide, 2017 was a record year for home sales, and reports from January to May show the industry is just slightly off pace so far this year said Carl Horst, a spokesman...
Road show: New van promotes Springfield tourism
 The Chamber of Greater Springfield is using a van to make stops throughout the state to promote Springfield’s tourist attractions. The van, which is customized with scenes of Springfield attractions, has been available for about two weeks, said Chris Schutte, vice president of destination marketing and communication for the Chamber...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Chamber of Greater Springfield is using a van to make stops throughout the state to promote Springfield’s tourist attractions. The van, which is customized with scenes of Springfield attractions, has been available for about two weeks, said Chris Schutte, vice president of destination marketing and communication for the Chamber...
Springfield strip mall getting new life
 A long abandoned strip mall on Upper Valley Pike is getting new life, and possibly new tenants as early as this fall. The former strip mall at 1030 to 1068 Upper Valley Pike lost its last tenant several years ago and had become an eyesore along the corridor, said Argeri Lagos, a Springfield attorney and owner of Spartan Residential Properties...

Posted: 3 days ago

A long abandoned strip mall on Upper Valley Pike is getting new life, and possibly new tenants as early as this fall. The former strip mall at 1030 to 1068 Upper Valley Pike lost its last tenant several years ago and had become an eyesore along the corridor, said Argeri Lagos, a Springfield attorney and owner of Spartan Residential Properties...
Non-profit develops video to promote Clark County
 A Springfield non-profit is unveiling an 8-minute video on Thursday night designed to encourage workers from other communities to take a closer look at Clark County’s housing options. The Springfield Foundation spent about $5,000 to film and edit the video, which will be displayed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mother Stewart’s Brewery...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Springfield non-profit is unveiling an 8-minute video on Thursday night designed to encourage workers from other communities to take a closer look at Clark County’s housing options. The Springfield Foundation spent about $5,000 to film and edit the video, which will be displayed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mother Stewart’s Brewery...
Recovery from illness motivated this Springfield nurse to become a national-caliber athlete
 An illness tied to food poisoning sidelined a Springfield nurse for two years, but her recovery sparked an athletic career that will lead her to her second competition in the National Senior Games. Diana Castellano already enjoyed biking and swimming, but a bout of food poisoning made her seriously ill in 2007, the wound care nurse at the...

Posted: 4 days ago

An illness tied to food poisoning sidelined a Springfield nurse for two years, but her recovery sparked an athletic career that will lead her to her second competition in the National Senior Games. Diana Castellano already enjoyed biking and swimming, but a bout of food poisoning made her seriously ill in 2007, the wound care nurse at the...
Why you might see a helicopter flying around the Springfield area this week
 Residents in Springfield may see a helicopter cruising overhead near transmission lines throughout this week. FirstEnergy Forestry will conduct its annual transmission line vegetation patrol in the Ohio Edison Territory throughout this week. The patrols will include a forestry specialist flying with a helicopter pilot to identify any vegetation...

Posted: 4 days ago

Residents in Springfield may see a helicopter cruising overhead near transmission lines throughout this week. FirstEnergy Forestry will conduct its annual transmission line vegetation patrol in the Ohio Edison Territory throughout this week. The patrols will include a forestry specialist flying with a helicopter pilot to identify any vegetation...
Judge grants request for rehearing in wind farm case
 A group of residents opposed to a proposed wind project in Champaign County will have another chance to argue their case in Columbus. An administrative law judge has agreed to a request for a rehearing filed jointly by a group of residents and the Champaign County commissioners who have raised concerns about the project. The residents had...

Posted: 5 days ago

A group of residents opposed to a proposed wind project in Champaign County will have another chance to argue their case in Columbus. An administrative law judge has agreed to a request for a rehearing filed jointly by a group of residents and the Champaign County commissioners who have raised concerns about the project. The residents had...
TRC breaks ground on first phase of SMART Center
 The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The TRC, located in East Liberty, has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The TRC, located in East Liberty, has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the...
Transportation Research Center breaks ground on $45M project
 The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The center in East Liberty has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the newest...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The center in East Liberty has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the newest...
New Carlisle mayor, vice mayor to remain in office
 New Carlisle’s mayor and vice mayor will remain in office after two separate motions that sought to remove them were withdrawn, an attorney representing the mayor said. Mayor Ethan Reynolds faced accusations that he failed to properly file his taxes, although the taxes were automatically withdrawn from his account. William Lindsey...

Posted: 7 days ago

New Carlisle’s mayor and vice mayor will remain in office after two separate motions that sought to remove them were withdrawn, an attorney representing the mayor said. Mayor Ethan Reynolds faced accusations that he failed to properly file his taxes, although the taxes were automatically withdrawn from his account. William Lindsey...
Springfield hospital named among top heart facilities
 A recent Heart Surgery Safety Guide published by Consumer Reports included the Springfield Regional Medical Center as one of its top heart hospitals. The report, which listed hospitals by region, included the hospital as one of 12 top heart facilities in the Midwest. In Ohio, Fairview Hospital and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical...

Posted: 7 days ago

A recent Heart Surgery Safety Guide published by Consumer Reports included the Springfield Regional Medical Center as one of its top heart hospitals. The report, which listed hospitals by region, included the hospital as one of 12 top heart facilities in the Midwest. In Ohio, Fairview Hospital and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical...