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

Navistar, UAW will continue negotiations, avoid work stoppage
 Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers will continue talks and local UAW officials told the News-Sun there will not be a work stoppage today. The UAW and the truck maker are negotiating a new contract after their most recent deal expired on Oct. 1. Both sides were working under the terms of their existing contract, but the UAW provided...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers will continue talks and local UAW officials told the News-Sun there will not be a work stoppage today. The UAW and the truck maker are negotiating a new contract after their most recent deal expired on Oct. 1. Both sides were working under the terms of their existing contract, but the UAW provided...
Urbana moves forward with proposed hotel
 A group of Champaign County investors is inching forward with plans to develop a new hotel in Urbana for the first time in years. Investors are focusing on about three acres of property near the intersection of Ohio 55 and U.S. 68 for a potential Cobblestone brand hotel with between 54 and 58 rooms, said Terry Howell, one of about eight investors...

Posted: 4 hours ago

A group of Champaign County investors is inching forward with plans to develop a new hotel in Urbana for the first time in years. Investors are focusing on about three acres of property near the intersection of Ohio 55 and U.S. 68 for a potential Cobblestone brand hotel with between 54 and 58 rooms, said Terry Howell, one of about eight investors...
Springfield Sears not on closing list as retailer files for bankruptcy
 Springfield’s Sears store will remain open after the historic retailer declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Monday and included plans to close more than 140 of its stores nationwide. Monday’s announcement was the result of what local experts said has been a slow, steady decline in the retail giant’s fortunes. Sears is the lone...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Springfield’s Sears store will remain open after the historic retailer declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Monday and included plans to close more than 140 of its stores nationwide. Monday’s announcement was the result of what local experts said has been a slow, steady decline in the retail giant’s fortunes. Sears is the lone...
Contract extension between UAW, Navistar could end tomorrow
 Members of the United Auto Workers recently agreed to temporarily extend the terms of their existing contract with Navistar, but UAW officials in Detroit said that extension could end tomorrow. MORE: GM unveils new Silverado to be built in Springfield The existing agreements were scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Oct., 1, according to...

Posted: a day ago

Members of the United Auto Workers recently agreed to temporarily extend the terms of their existing contract with Navistar, but UAW officials in Detroit said that extension could end tomorrow. MORE: GM unveils new Silverado to be built in Springfield The existing agreements were scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Oct., 1, according to...
Springfield Sears not included on a list of 142 stores set to close
 Sear’s location at the Upper Valley Mall was not included on a list provided today of 142 retail stores that will close by the end of this year. Sears announced Monday the historic retailer had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Sears is the lone remaining anchor at Springfield’s Upper Valley Mall after other longtime anchors like...

Posted: a day ago

Sear’s location at the Upper Valley Mall was not included on a list provided today of 142 retail stores that will close by the end of this year. Sears announced Monday the historic retailer had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Sears is the lone remaining anchor at Springfield’s Upper Valley Mall after other longtime anchors like...
SuperAmerica will be rebranded to Speedway locations
 Marathon is rebranding hundreds of SuperAmerica-branded retail stores into its Speedway brand, following Marathon’s acquisition of rival Andeavor. Marathon said in a news release that it has already started converting SuperAmerica retail stores to the Speedway brand. It did not say how long the conversion is expected to take. The conversion...

Posted: a day ago

Marathon is rebranding hundreds of SuperAmerica-branded retail stores into its Speedway brand, following Marathon’s acquisition of rival Andeavor. Marathon said in a news release that it has already started converting SuperAmerica retail stores to the Speedway brand. It did not say how long the conversion is expected to take. The conversion...
Policy change could mean federal funds for auto research at Ohio site
 An Ohio automotive research facility could be in line for federal funding after the U.S. Department of Transportation recently changed a policy potentially locking it out of federal grants to study automated vehicles. The Transportation Research Center, located in East Liberty, has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers...

Posted: a day ago

An Ohio automotive research facility could be in line for federal funding after the U.S. Department of Transportation recently changed a policy potentially locking it out of federal grants to study automated vehicles. The Transportation Research Center, located in East Liberty, has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers...
Adaptive playground gets $18K upgrade
 A playground designed to help area children develop motor and social skills is getting an $18,000 upgrade that includes a new walking path and interactive activity stations. Springfield Pediatric Rehab’s inclusive playground just opened in October last year to provide patients and community children with a safe place to play and develop...

Posted: 2 days ago

A playground designed to help area children develop motor and social skills is getting an $18,000 upgrade that includes a new walking path and interactive activity stations. Springfield Pediatric Rehab’s inclusive playground just opened in October last year to provide patients and community children with a safe place to play and develop...
Urbana to make second attempt to pass income tax increase
 Voters in Urbana rejected a proposal to raise the city’s income tax last year, but city officials will again try to convince voters that the additional revenue is needed to provide stability for police and firefighters. The city’s income tax is 1.4 percent, but if approved the proposal would add an additional 0.6-percent, said...

Posted: 2 days ago

Voters in Urbana rejected a proposal to raise the city’s income tax last year, but city officials will again try to convince voters that the additional revenue is needed to provide stability for police and firefighters. The city’s income tax is 1.4 percent, but if approved the proposal would add an additional 0.6-percent, said...
EPA to provide update on Tremont Barrell Fill
 Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be meeting with community members to provide updates on the Tremont City Barrell Fill, a hazardous waste dump that has long been controversial in Clark County. Jim Saric, the U.S. EPA’s project manager for the Tremont City Barrell Fill, will visit Springfield at 6 p...

Posted: 3 days ago

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be meeting with community members to provide updates on the Tremont City Barrell Fill, a hazardous waste dump that has long been controversial in Clark County. Jim Saric, the U.S. EPA’s project manager for the Tremont City Barrell Fill, will visit Springfield at 6 p...
Local counties prepare to market areas targeted for investment
 Economic development officials in Clark and Champaign Counties are preparing to promote new Opportunity Zones designed to spur investment in low-income communities. The Opportunity Zones were established as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which allowed states to identify low-income, high-poverty census tracts for the program, according...

Posted: 4 days ago

Economic development officials in Clark and Champaign Counties are preparing to promote new Opportunity Zones designed to spur investment in low-income communities. The Opportunity Zones were established as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which allowed states to identify low-income, high-poverty census tracts for the program, according...