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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lansford police have charged an East Stroudsburg man with raping a child.

Robert Coutts, 46, of Franklin Road, was charged with rape of a person under age 13, statutory sexual assault of a person under age 16, indecent assault of a person under the age of 13 and indecent exposure.

He was arraigned Monday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 23.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Jack Soberick, here's what happened:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ÿ Tihali Wind Turbine LLC of Brick, N.J., proposes constructing the wind farm at the top of the Broad Mountain in Packer Township and Nesquehoning, between the Carbon/Schuylkill County boundary line to the west and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Game Commission lands to the east.

Ÿ The estimated completion date is fall 2015.

Ÿ The estimated cost of the project is approximately $400 million.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A banner hanging on the fence displays the name and photo of Hunter Meckes, the young boy who lost his life on Jan. 27, 2003, and the namesake of the tournament.

For the past seven years, a grieving mom has worked hard to memorialize the life of her young son who died in a car accident on Jan. 27, 2003.

Sherry Meckes of Penn Forest knew how much her son loved to play soccer, so she initiated the Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament in his name to establish a scholarship that would be presented to deserving seniors at Jim Thorpe Area High School and Lehighton Area High School at their awards assembly.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Zimmerman family, center, Lucas, Kurt, Josh and Cynthia, visited Effort UMC during their furlough from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they are both teachers and missionaries. Welcoming them to Effort UMC is left, Ken Edwards, a certified candidate for Ministry and right, the Rev. Robin Fisher, Effort UMC's pastor.

Kurt and Cynthia Zimmerman are career missionaries with World Gospel Mission, serving in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

They have been receiving support from Effort United Methodist Church for years and last week the Zimmermans and two of their five children, Lucas, 14 and Josh, 12, paid another visit to the congregation to thank them for that support and update their friends on their mission work with youth.

Both of the Zimmermans are teachers. Kurt Zimmerman has taught grades four to 10. He serves as a youth leader, counselor, and music ministry team leader at Cristo Viene Church.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Egg hunt

The Diligent Fire Company, Center Avenue, will host its 67th annual Easter egg hunt for the children, of the community at 1 p.m. Saturday. It will be held at the parking lot of the fire company on Center Avenue and is open to children up to the age of 10.

Community dinner

The next free community dinner will take place from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St. The menu for this month will be baked chicken. If you wish more information call 570-325-2241.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Repairs to a section of the Rush Township Elementary School Roof will cost Tamaqua School District $330,787. During a meeting Tuesday, the school board contracted with Weatherproofing Technologies Inc. for the work.

The board also decided to spend $58,385 to purchase reading textbooks for the elementary schools, and $13,676 for biology textbooks.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development is hosting an Administrative Professional Celebration luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, 323 Country Club Road, Lehighton.

Doors open at 11:30 and the lunch and program is at noon. There will be a fashion show presented by Coldwater Creek.

Registration is required by calling Kasara McLaughlin at 610-577-6962 or email kmclaughlin@carboncountychamber.org.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Wilkes-Barre woman died early Tuesday morning of carbon monoxide poisoning following a fire at her Wyoming Street home. Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney said firefighters responded to 276 Wyoming St. around 11:30 p.m. Monday and found Laurie Merritt, 51, unconscious in her home. Merritt was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital early Tuesday, where she was pronounced dead, said Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Lukach

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the office of embattled Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach early Wednesday.

The search began shortly after the courthouse opened for business. It is the day before Lukach's last day in office.

He is accused of using taxpayer money to make his personal car payments and to buy electronics and other items for his own use.

He has not been charged with any crimes.

The alleged wrongdoing was uncovered by county controller Christy Joy as he reviewed a 2011 audit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Visitors to Jim Thorpe will be greeted by an updated visitors center.

The grand reopening of the center, located in the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station in Jim Thorpe, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The center recently got a much-needed facelift, including painting, floor refinishing and upgrades.

Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the county, who owns the building, is happy with the renovations.

"It was long overdue," he said. "We're very pleased with the work."