Press Enterprise Archives

December 3, 2020
BU, others plan 25% reduction to stay affordable as enrollment falls
BLOOMSBURG — Universities across the state system plan to drop the cost of education by 25% over the coming years,...
Trooper’s child, 11, called 9-1-1 during fracas, police say
CATAWISSA — A Benton school administrator is accused of beating up the ex-wife of her state police trooper fiancé...
Students won’t resume in-person education until at least Jan. 15, directors decide
DANVILLE — Danville Area students who were slated to resume face-to-face education Monday instead will be learning...
Sewer fees will also increase as projects loom
WASHINGTONVILLE —Washingtonvillle residents will face some hard financial realities next year, after Borough Council...
UPPER AUGUSTA TWP. — A two-vehicle collision Tuesday night left a Sunbury woman dead and a Danville woman hospitalized...
December 2, 2020
Winter season athletes must wear masks at all times, PHAC supers say
BLOOMSBURG — Despite a recent spike in coronavirus cases and several school closings, area district superintendents...
Official: Lit candle fell onto mattress; three taken to hospital
MONTOUR TWP. —A man was pulled from a smoke-filled trailer Tuesday night after a candle fell onto a mattress, setting...
Judge takes district side in suspension over alcohol policy
WILLIAMSPORT — It’s unlikely former state-ranked Southern Columbia High School senior wrestler Tyler Waltman will ever...
Costs are the major roadblock to court expansion statewide, Millard says
BLOOMSBURG — A third judge will not come to the local bench any time soon, despite political efforts to add judicial...
MAHONING TWP. — At a Mahoning Township supervisors budget wokshop last month, East End Fire Chief Leslie Young asked...
Donna worked in one place for more than a decade. Then late this year, her job went away. The expenses at her...
December 1, 2020
Revenue from new levy would be earmarked for street improvements
CATAWISSA — Catawissa borough is proposing a 15% property tax hike for 2021 and would earmark revenue from the increase...
Cops: Jerseytown man crashed in Hemlock
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Jerseytown driver failed to negotiate a winding section of Buckhorn Road on Monday morning and his car...
Appointments are needed at county courthouse again
DANVILLE — Ted Yeager had business in the Montour County Assessment Office on Monday, but arrived to a locked down...
“My three older kids can’t stop talking about Santa coming soon,” wrote Janette, mother of four in Catawissa. But she...
Danville volunteer, 78, remembered for good deeds and expertise
DANVILLE — After firefighter Harold “Butch” Davis’s death Nov. 23 at 78, his friends, family and fellow volunteers had...
November 30, 2020
Two Bloom residents charged in dispute
BLOOMSBURG — Anthony Locke Sr., a Black man, says neighbors confronted him and called the police on him three times...
Elementary pupils only will attend in person despite Pa. health guidelines
FRANKLIN TWP. — All Southern Columbia students in grades 7-12 will be taking classes from home this week, while...
Family at first feared resident was in blazing Scott house
SCOTT TWP. — Terry King left his house for just 20 minutes Sunday night to fill up his truck with gas so he would be...
Mary and Joe have a blended family — each brought three children to their relationship. Up until recently, by both...
Blood alcohol nearly triple legal limit, police say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A driver who’s been arrested five times for drunken driving now faces another DUI after crashing his...
November 29, 2020
Pupils’ tuition cuts into budget, officials say
BERWICK — The coronavirus pandemic has driven dozens of Berwick Area Schools students to online charter schools, and...
BLOOMSBURG — Coronavirus has been a boon to cyber schools, which have seen students flocking to their servers. Locally...
Hair stylist brings black paint and a gargoyle to Berwick home makeover
BERWICK — It’s a sure bet the founders of First Christian Church never would have predicted this. The once white...
Berwick man got probation in exchange for guilty plea
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A 29-year-old man who pushed his mother down and pointed a gun at her during an argument at their...
Couple asks for help with holiday for little girl
Jack and Samantha had to move. Their old apartment wasn’t a fit place to raise their 8-year-old daughter Sabrina. They...
November 28, 2020
COVID-19 cited for changes on Black Friday
JULYE WEMPLE and GERI GIBBONS Press Enterprise Writers BLOOMSBURG — In a year that saw coronavirus change virtually...
BERWICK — A drunken woman writhing on the ground after midnight in front of a house where she said she lived and...
Work on new dirt track is up next at arena in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — The new look of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds arena is starting to take shape, with the removal of the...
Mark has had a rough year. Already struggling with two chronic conditions, diabetes and COPD, Mark went through open...
November 27, 2020
‘Sleepwalking’ allegedly blamed as officers cite video evidence
BERWICK — Two men allegedly caught looting a senior center in separate incidents just days apart were arrested after...
Coronavirus-case surge makes for smaller Berwick race
BERWICK — The 111th Run for the Diamonds was noticeably smaller than its predecessors. Some runners and spectators...
Mahoning Township couple accused of assault
MAHONING TWP. — A Mahoning Township husband and wife both face assault charges after a fight over how the man had spent...
Berwick motorcyclist facing slew of charges following wreck
NESCOPECK — A Berwick motorcyclist illegally passed a vehicle on the Berwick-Nescopeck bridge Thursday morning and then...
Inez has never asked for help before from the Brighter Christmas Fund. But the single mom of three children, ranging...
November 26, 2020
Man allegedly had a blade fashioned from plastic cup
BLOOMSBURG — A man being held as a state parole violator in Columbia County Prison has been charged with a weapons...
Mask rule has other districts eyeing winter season
and SUSAN SCHWARTZ Press Enterprise Copy Editor and Writer BERWICK — Berwick Area School District will postpone...
Briar Creek man apologizes in court for crimes against two young girls, their mother
BLOOMSBURG — A Briar Creek man has been sentenced to up to 18 years in state prison for sex offenses involving two...
Couple is raising two grandchildren
Until the pandemic struck, George and Anne were doing OK raising their two grandchildren, ages 10 and 7. George had a...
Term refers to fake marijuana
BERWICK — Two men upset and claiming they were sold fake marijuana broke into a house and robbed the residents at...
November 25, 2020
Pair feared threats; some residents relieved
BERWICK — Two bar owners announced Tuesday they would flout Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to stop selling alcohol at 5 p.m....
DANVILLE — Business owners in Montour County are anything but thankful about Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to ban alcohol...
Two Ohio men jailed on drug, flight charges
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Two Ohio men were jailed on reckless driving and drug charges after a high-speed police chase that...
‘I’m a college kid. I’m always intoxicated,’ man allegedly told doc
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student was charged with aggravated assault and other charges after police said he...
BERWICK — A homeless man forced his way into a home and hit a woman in the head with a chair — the first in a string of...
November 24, 2020
Grieving family donates sixth-grader’s organs to help others
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Even in death, 12-year-old Mackenzie Milheim is helping other people. Milheim, who was a sixth-...
Woman turns her hobby into Little Whale Cakery in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — Allison Brooks is an athletic trainer by day and a baker of cookies, cakes and cupcakes by night — or any...
Berwick Boulevard, Bloom parade are among survivors
The Berwick and Danville Christmas parades have fallen to the coronavirus. But Bloomsburg’s Parade of Lights, Downtown...
MARC receives more than expected from county’s hotel tax, allowing projects, raises
DANVILLE — The financial picture of the Montour Area Recreation Commission is brightening after some dark days due to...
HARRISBURG (AP) — Last call for Pennsylvania bars will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday to cut COVID-19 transmission during what...
November 23, 2020
Fired human resources chief alleges sex bias; town calls case unfounded
BLOOMSBURG — The town’s former director of human resources says in a lawsuit that the mayor subjected her to...
Taming challenge builds lasting bond between filly and Mifflin teen
MIFFLIN TWP. — Number 8984 was a survivor. For more than three years, the little filly had run wild in Nevada as part...
Police: BU student used Snap Chat to set up transactions
BLOOMSBURG — A Bucks County man was busted on drug-dealing charges after he sold marijuana to a police informant on...
10 food-related enterprises among 50 approved for second round of COVID-19 grants
BLOOMSBURG — At least 10 restaurants or food service-related businesses were among more othan 50 Columbia County...
November 22, 2020
GOP lawmakers want questions answered before next election
Gov. Tom Wolf has said that “All Pennsylvanians can have confidence in our election system and the accuracy of the vote...
Orangeville man got nothing in holdup try at Dollar General Store
ORANGE TWP. — An Orangeville man used a “finger gun” while attempting to rob the Dollar General Store along Route 487...
111th Run for the Diamonds, with changes, gets go-ahead
BERWICK — Lace up your sneakers, area runners; the Run for the Diamonds is on. Members of the Berwick Marathon...
BLOOMSBURG — A Philadelphia man nabbed in Berwick as a state parole violator on New Year’s Day was ordered to face...
Brighter Christmas Fund has raised $2M+ since 1985
Press Enterprise Editor Joe and Sally have three children under 12 who know Christmas is coming in a few short weeks...
November 21, 2020
Doctor: Dark days ahead as COVID-19 spreads rapidly
DANVILLE — As coronavirus cases continue to rise locally and across the state, Geisinger officials are issuing a dire...
Court order extends safety rules into June
BLOOMSBURG — There won’t be a jury trial in Columbia or Montour counties until at least April. The judge in charge...
Section of Point Township road won’t reopen until at least Tuesday
POINT TWP. — A section of Route 11 covered earlier this week by an avalanche of an estimated 7,500 tons of sandstone...
Organizers may turn Thanksgiving race into virtual event, but fear rogue athletes in road
BERWICK — PennDOT has given its blessing for the 111th Run for the Diamonds to take place, but the historic footrace is...
Senior advocates: Staff overwhelmed as isolation takes a toll
As more than 90,000 of the nation’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the...
November 20, 2020
Coronavirus, extra pay day cited in move
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County commissioners approved a 6% property tax hike Thursday to balance the county’s $32 million...
Police say Bloomsburg motorist lost control, injuring man’s hand
BLOOMSBURG — A natural gas company worker suffered a hand injury when a pickup passing a work site hit him Thursday...
Berwick resident, 25, got minor pregnant, police say
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man confessed to having sex with a 12-year-old girl who got pregnant after he initially told...
COVID-19 blamed for lost revenue
BLOOMSBURG — Town residents likely face a 15% tax increase next year, as town council tries to cope with a budget...
Recyclables plan credited; budget still needs council approval
BERWICK — Taxes for borough residents will remain steady next year if council gives final approval to the preliminary...