Press Enterprise Archives

December 11, 2018
Business partners moved by work of Catholic War Veterans
BERWICK — More than a year after it closed, the Catholic War Veterans bar is reopening. It boasts a completely...
Budget including 9 percent hike shot down by divided council
BLOOMSBURG — Citing residents who are “struggling” to pay their bills, Town Council narrowly voted down a proposed $17...
Berwick shop picks up online craze and scrambles to meet demand
BERWICK — The dill pickle pizza has gone viral online. And now at least one local pizzeria is offering what seems an...
Berwick, Bloom suspects charged with possession
BERWICK — Two women were found with crystal meth when a car they were riding in was stopped in the early hours of Nov....
Up until this year, Addison and Ralph have always had enough money for a nice holiday. A Christmas tree, some...
December 10, 2018
Stepson, 24, allegedly stabbed man with homemade hunting weapon
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A rural Berwick man stabbed his stepfather’s hand with an improvised hunting...
Teaching graduate fashioned 42-year career in clothing department
BERWICK — In 1976, when Holly Waltman was just 22 years old and fresh out of college with a teaching degree, she...
Top prosecutor says office handles rising caseload efficiently
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold will seek re-election to what he calls “the best job in the...
Suspect also allegedly lacked driver’s license
BERWICK — Police searched a man’s backpack after he took off running from officers and found documents that included...
When Ruth and her husband separated last year, she knew she might have a rough time ahead of her, but she didn’t...
December 9, 2018
Options presented to expand space for students, programs
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech wants its sponsoring school districts to consider an expansion that would...
Declining revenues, climbing legal fees blamed for increase
BLOOMSBURG — Mounting legal fees and decreasing property tax revenues are partly to blame for a 9 percent property tax...
Police and owner nab escapee after chase
MONTOUR TWP. — Tiny railcars on a Toys for Tots mission had an unexpected visitor tag along for the ride Saturday...
Catawissa woman allegedly hid heroin in shorts
BLOOMSBURG — A Catawissa-area woman who was swerving back and forth in traffic was driving under the influence of...
Joe is a veteran fighting what may be his toughest — and loneliest — battle. Now well into his 70s, he is the sole...
December 8, 2018
Police call motorist a ‘lucky man’ after gunfire rings out near theater
BLOOMSBURG — Police called Matthias Kahn a “lucky man” on Friday night after someone shot into his car while he was...
Retiree proud to have produced kind, courteous learners in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — In 1973, self-described “former hippie” Penny Pomfret started the Magic Carpet Preschool on Barton Street...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A driver refused to take sobriety tests after being detained on suspicion of drunken driving,...
Berwick man is locked up in Columbia County Prison
BERWICK — A Berwick man accused of beating up his girlfriend pulled a knife on police when they responded to his home,...
Leo and Cindy recently took some time to look at Christmas pictures from several years ago. The photographs show the...
December 7, 2018
FISHING CREEK TWP. — Specially trained police were called to Pealertown Road here Wednesday afternoon after a man who...
Tombstones unearthed at Scott Township fast-food site
SCOTT TWP. — Local officials are scratching their heads over how the tombstones of four people apparently buried near...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Bloomsburg University and Central Columbia school district have renewed a 10-year agreement that...
MINERSVILLE — A pair of buses carrying Southern Columbia fourth-graders were involved in an accident Wednesday...
BERWICK — Two Berwick men had a slew of drugs and drug paraphernalia in their possession when they were pulled over for...
December 6, 2018
Man arrested at Fishing Creek Township trailer
FISHING CREEK TWP. — State Police closed off a rural road for at least 45 minutes while heavily-armed officers in...
HARRISBURG — State Sen. John Gordner is drafting legislation that would slam the brakes on Gov. Tom Wolf’s...
41st U.S. president eulogized by son, the 43rd
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor...
BERWICK — A thief apparently fished mail out of the mailboxes near the post office here, and police are hoping someone...
Mifflin Township wreck also injured her son, 71
MIFFLIN TWP. — A 92-year-old woman was killed when a car driven by her son veered off Snyder School Road and struck a...
December 5, 2018
Bloom plant booming, company exec says
BLOOMSBURG — Milco Industries’ future in garment production is uncertain now that it has sold its clothes manufacturing...
Man collecting for Bloom department without its OK has shot at clear record
BLOOMSBURG — A man posing as a fireman who went door-to-door collecting funds for the Bloomsburg Fire Department was...
Campus hosts official groundbreaking on its $33M replacement for Waller Administration
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University broke ground Tuesday on a $33 million, four-story building that will house art...
For Maryann and her family, this holiday season seems especially bleak. As the festive time approached, Maryann and...
Board petitions court so it can accept $750G offer from Montour County for former elementary building
DANVILLE — Danville Area School District is petitioning the court for permission to sell a former school building to...
December 4, 2018
Coach, director clash at fiery Berwick board meeting
BERWICK — Football Coach Frank Sheptock frantically shook his head in denial after a school director told an angry...
Orangeville woman’s probation bid fails
BLOOMSBURG — A judge rejected probation for a woman who admitted stealing about $1,000 as a volunteer at a gun raffle...
Car skidded into opposite lane, oncoming vehicle, motorist says
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — A “slimy” stretch of road is to blame for a two-vehicle accident Monday morning, according to one...
‘I’m so frustrated the schools don’t want me there,’ mother says
DARIEN, Conn. — One mother shed tears when she read the superintendent’s announcement. Another said it felt like a body...
Income doesn’t allow holiday extras this year
Up until recently, Eugene and Janie have held their own when it came to finances. The couple with two daughters, 11...
December 3, 2018
28-year-old allegedly fondled himself as girl worked at restaurant in mall
HEMLOCK TWP. — A 28-year-old man fondled himself repeatedly while harassing a teenage girl at the Columbia Mall in...
Deal grants raises of 2.5 percent, more health contributions
BERWICK — Wise Foods workers on Sunday decisively rejected a strike and accepted a three-year contract. The pact...
Manager: New name reflects more mixed uses than retail shops
For the Press Enterprise BUCKHORN — With more offices, studios and entertainment spots than retail stores, the former...
Suspect, now 21, forced sex acts on little girl, according to charges
MADISON TWP. — A Bloomsburg man is accused of a sex crime that allegedly occurred when he was a teenager, according to...
BUCKHORN — A man suspected of having marijuana after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn invited police to search...
For Nate and his three children, this year has been one to forget. In July, just as Nate was beginning to save some...
December 2, 2018
Woman accused of letting son stay at Pine Barn, covering non-payment
MAHONING TWP. — A Pine Barn Inn employee is accused of letting her son spend five nights in a room at the hotel at a...
Quiet introduction lets special-needs children enjoy visit at their pace
SCOTT TWP. — Santa Claus sat on the floor in a darkened room, playing with wooden blocks and sharing words of...
Boyfriend charged with assault and strangulation
DANVILLE — A Paxinos man beat up his girlfriend, accusing her of cheating on him, and hitting her with a belt until she...
Danville man’s suit says he lost job due to injury
WILLIAMSPORT — A fired Kawneer worker has sued the company, claiming he was discriminated against and terminated after...
Late leader was second American whose son attained presidency
HOUSTON (AP) —He was the man who sought a “kinder, and gentler nation,” and the one who sternly invited Americans to...
December 1, 2018
Meth, heroin, pot and more found in Berwick home
BERWICK — A burglar told police that a group of thieves had planned to break into a house because they wanted to steal...
Program has more eating at Berwick’s cafeterias
BERWICK — The Berwick Area School District may not have to pay for the free meals it offers students, even though more...
FISHING CREEK TWP. — A man attempted to sell a barn outside Orangeville for its wood, even though he didn’t own it,...
HEMLOCK TWP. —A “for lease” sign recently appeared in front of the Petco pet store in Buckhorn, and its building was...
For Carol and her family, this year has been less than memorable. Although Carol works nearly full time at a local...
November 30, 2018
Lawmaker report: Power needs to be more competitive
Press Enterprise Managing Editor HARRISBURG — A new report issued by a group of state legislators sympathetic to...
Episcopal Diocese severs ties to northern Columbia County location
COLES CREEK — The oldest church in northern Columbia County survived an 1876 fire that destroyed its original, 64-year-...
South Carolina man had marijuana, made no sense, officers say
BLOOMSBURG — A man who said he was “being bitten by a worm that was in his pants” was found pantsless inside the foyer...
Bloomsburg suspect allegedly took cellphone
BLOOMSBURG — Joshua Lenhart parked his vehicle in front of 429 W. Main St. and left it for 15 minutes Sunday, with the...
$8.2M tentative budget features first increase in seven years
MAHONING TWP. — Taxes are going up for the first time in seven years here, as Montour County commissioners approved a...
Here’s Montour County’s annual revenue and expenditure from 2017 to 2019, as outlined in a budget report: Revenue •...
November 29, 2018
Local store may survive if buyer opts to keep it open
BERWICK — Kmart here is for sale, and it’s one of 505 stores on the block as creditors try to recoup their losses from...
PennDOT says it’s working to curb Back Branch drainage problems
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. —PennDOT is working to cut down on the amount of water that is ponding on Back Branch Road after...
Zoppetti: Law on side of rehab and shelter despite council vote
BLOOMSBURG — A developer whose plans for a homeless shelter and prisoner housing were denied Tuesday night says Town...
Police: Doctors determine abuse, not fall, caused injuries
MAHONING TWP. — A 10-month-old girl suffered bruising to her face as a result of her father hitting her, according to...
Pooled water caused ceiling tiles to fall near nursing station, spokeswoman says
BERWICK — A broken water pipe in Berwick Hospital’s heating and air conditioning system Sunday led to water buildup and...
For Kelly and her three children, this year has been one to forget. Kelly lost her husband in April; since then she’s...
November 28, 2018
Woman allegedly shoplifted meat, went begging
BERWICK — A serial shoplifter is in trouble again, accused of stealing more than $500 in groceries from Weis Market and...
Proposed Bloom halfway house prompts plan to fix zoning
BLOOMSBURG — Town council rejected a developer’s application to create a homeless shelter and transitional housing for...
Geisinger pain-program participants share stories of how they found alternatives
DANVILLE — Patients in need of pain relief but worried about addiction should actively seek alternatives to opioids, a...
Brianna is hoping to provide a good Christmas for her three children, in spite of some financial challenges. While...
Governor says request for individual aid awaits decision in D.C.
HARRISBURG — Benton and other communities hard hit by flash flooding during mid-August rainstorms are now eligible to...