Press Enterprise Archives

January 24, 2022
Danville Municipal Authority defends plan to repay only 10 years’ worth of overbilling
DANVILLE — Danville Municipal Authority has offered to refund a local business owner $20,911 after admitting it...
Energy project would save district millions in long run, super says
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia School District soon may generate its own power if officials agree to a $6 million...
Outreach project aims to keep youth out of juvenile court system
BLOOMSBURG — A highly successful outreach program that has helped keep youth out of the juvenile court system is in...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg resident won $50,000 playing a lottery game called Wild Ca$h Multiplier, state records show...
Animal rights activists warn of public health risk
DANVILLE — Animal rights activists are calling on researchers to stop importing monkeys for medical experiments after a...
January 23, 2022
Commissioners see floodwall money as bargaining chip with Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County commissioners are moving forward with their request to demand repayment of $1.5 million...
Driver hauling load of research animals cited in crash; story gets world attention
VALLEY TWP. — The three monkeys that escaped after a Friday crash upset a load of primates bound for a medical research...
Man faces several charges in Bloom accident
BLOOMSBURG — An allegedly drunken driver appears to have carried his passenger away from an accident scene, leaving...
Illegal dumping and drug drops plague charity in Berwick
BERWICK — A local security firm is donating an $11,000 system to the Salvation Army Corps to combat illegal dumping and...
January 22, 2022
Troopers looking for lost critters after Valley accident
VALLEY TWP. — State police are searching for several monkeys that escaped after the trailer they were traveling in...
Board member says steep hikes mandated
VALLEY TWP. — A jump in Valley Township sewer and water rates will see many customers paying 63% more. It brought a...
Suspect surrendered after allegedly fighting with parent over a cell phone
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man stabbed his father in an argument over a cell phone, then fled Thursday night, police say...
Berwick suspect, 51, is charged with aggravated assault against two officers
BERWICK — A Berwick man set a tiki pole on fire, then swung it at police officers, charges say. Efrain Gonzalez, 51,...
January 21, 2022
Council waiting on permission to keep bar buzz down
BERWICK — A public hearing about whether to let Berwick continue enforcing its own noise ordinance for bars instead of...
Wapwallopen man, 65, is charged
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Police say the Wapwallopen man who caused a nearly head-on collision on the Berwick-Nescopeck Bridge...
Developers promise to protect Scott Township safety, appearance
SCOTT TWP. — A hearing on a proposed solar energy farm on 146 acres of farmland near Fowlersville Road drew a crowd of...
School amends its health and safety plan amid pandemic
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — While masks will remain optional at Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, officials tweaked the school’s COVID-...
Danville police: Drugs found during robbery probe
DANVILLE — A judge upheld an arrest by borough police last fall. While investigating a convenience store robbery,...
January 20, 2022
Mayor: Bloom’s ‘hands tied’ on changing noise law
BLOOMSBURG — A proposed change to the town’s noise ordinance that would strictly limit dirt track racing at the...
One accomplice apologized to kin of Berwick victim
BLOOMSBURG — Two men who were accomplices in the brutal beating death of a Berwick woman in her home in October 2019 on...
DANVILLE — Bob Fallon was investigating a tripped circuit breaker at his home Wednesday when he heard a crackling sound...
Danville man allegedly was drunk at wheel
MONTOUR TWP. — A drunken driver insisted his dark headlights were on after he was pulled over after sunset, police say...
BLOOMSBURG — A Lebanon man who admitted sending obscene pictures of himself to an 11-year-old girl in Columbia County...
January 19, 2022
Geisinger lawyer asks for dismissal of claim that shots, tests don’t work
DANVILLE — Geisinger employees fighting the health care system’s vaccination and testing requirements plan to argue...
Dog perishes in morning blaze; most of resident’s cats feared lost
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man lost his house, his elderly dog and most of his 14 cats when a fire tore through his two-...
District to implement test-to-stay program
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg Area School District students will continue to wear masks in an effort to keep coronavirus at...
Woman repays money, pleads guilty to lesser theft charge
DANVILLE — An ex-employee at BJ’s Ribs and Steakhouse has admitted stealing night deposits from the Mill Street...
Details of ouster to be cleared from her file, terms say
DANVILLE — A Danville Area cross country coach fired from her position last year will get her coaching job back and...
January 18, 2022
Bloom school officials decide security guard can keep job
BLOOMSBURG — A school security guard is under fire after social media posts of him portraying a Nazi captain and other...
EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is the text of a statement from Chase Petro, a security staffer for the Bloomsburg Area School...
If infection rate tops 5% in any building, its students will need to use face coverings
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia directors Monday voted to stick with their health and safety plan to go mask-...
MILLVILLE — A man who continued to text a Millville girl after being warned by police to stop has been charged with...
BLOOMSBURG — High winds accompanying Sunday night’s wintry storm ripped up the marquee billboard sign at the Bloomsburg...
January 17, 2022
Officials considering tax increase or cuts to fill $233G spending gap
FRANKLIN TWP. — Officials say Southern Columbia Area School District is eyeing a tax hike or budget cuts to close a...
Bloom couple marks two years since fire struck loved Victorian
BLOOMSBURG — Jim Dutt and his wife, Joan Lentczner, were out of town when fire tore through their three-story Victorian...
Customer allegedly claimed he had been quoted a better price
SCOTT TWP. — A Millville-area man allegedly became so irate when refused a discount deal on a new cell phone he punched...
AGAPE volunteers load goods onto donated rigs
BLOOMSBURG — Six months after closing a deal on a nearly $2 million warehouse, AGAPE is starting to make the move from...
January 16, 2022
Supplies, staffing challenge Montour merchants
DANVILLE — Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Montour County businesses still are feeling the impact of...
RIVERSIDE — Landscape business owner Dave Decoteau had an unpleasant surprise recently when he began contacting...
Sickened by his contact with meth during arrest, Catawissa police officer shares drug warning
CATAWISSA — Borough police Ptlm. David Krape crawled past a man he had in custody to the front door of the police...
Drug probe ends in Berwick arrest
BERWICK — A three-month drug trafficking investigation culminated before dawn Saturday with a raid on a LaSalle Street...
The other vehicle, likely a truck, did not stop
VALLEY TWP. — A rubber tire rolled on its own down Interstate 80 and smashed into the front of a small SUV carrying a...
January 15, 2022
Berwick school board unanimously approves resurfacing
BERWICK — Crispin Field is to be resurfaced to the tune of $468,007.17. School board members unanimously approved the...
Renovations to add classrooms and labs
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Officials say they are well into the design stage and hope to break ground on Columbia Montour Vo-...
Governor hopeful recruits ex-Central super as he tours school
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is back on the campaign trail — this time touting education, energy...
Columbia, Montour, Northumberland counties contributed COVID-relief funds
WASHINGTONVILLE — Officials gathered Friday at the Montour Preserve to mark the construction of a $3.2 million high-...
January 14, 2022
Overwhelmed nurse: Contact tracing no longer viable
FRANKLIN TWP. — Since the beginning of the school year, phone calls have been rolling in to school nurse Alexis Spade’s...
Police help giant trailer overcome obstacles
SALEM TWP. — A giant transformer safely finished the journey to PPL’s new Glenbrook substation Thursday, despite...
DANVILLE — In spite of the district’s decision to go virtual through Jan. 17 and cancel all athletic and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court stopped the Biden administration requirement employees at large businesses get a...
January 13, 2022
Police: Ice caused skid in Washingtonville; two injured
WASHINGTONVILLE — A driver and her passenger were injured Wednesday morning when the vehicle in which they were riding...
Woman who filed labor complaints to lead girls team in track and field
DANVILLE — Danville Area School Board has approved a legal settlement with an assistant cross country coach who was...
Police: Danville man crept into juvenile’s home
VALLEY TWP. — An 18-year-old Danville man snuck into his 13-year-old girlfriend’s house after dark and had sex with her...
BUCKHORN — A shoving encounter at Walmart followed by a confrontation between the same people in the parking lot three...
January 12, 2022
Some directors object to activity halt after virus cases send classes online
DANVILLE — School directors here sparred over whether sports and outside activities should be canceled when instruction...
Driver injured along crash-prone curve on rural-Berwick road
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A pickup driver lost control of the truck on a sharp curve, hit a fence and then a decorative wall...
Officials: Closure is until further notice due to COVID spike
BLOOMSBURG — A surge in COVID-19 cases in Columbia County Prison has forced the facility to close its doors to visitors...
Commissioners said Columbia fund was for ‘last resort’ only
BLOOMSBURG — A set of disputed bills for construction of the floodwall in Bloomsburg will be paid by the town, council...
Berwick, Bloomsburg charities reach their goals
An outburst of generosity filled empty Salvation Army kettles just before Christmas, grateful local leaders said. A...
January 11, 2022
Bennett to walk in mentor Curry’s footsteps
BERWICK — Michael Bennett, who became a high school football star under legendary coach George Curry, is stepping into...
BERWICK — The masks are staying on for Berwick students, at least for now, school directors unanimously decided Monday...
Bloomsburg artisan, 74, still crafts ‘art for art’s sake’ after 52 years
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — In a small shop near the corner of Iron and Main streets dangles a window sign...
Returning supervisor angrily resigns before crowd of about 70
MADISON TWP. — A plan to borrow $200,000 to buy a building to house Madison Township’s offices and road crew is “dead...
Judge’s order postpones cases in Columbia and Montour counties as virus cases spike in region
BLOOMSBURG — Jury trials in Columbia and Montour counties have been suspended by President Judge Thomas James as COVID-...