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Nicholas Elmes

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: nelmes@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-591-2123
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About Nicholas Elmes

Nicholas Elmes brings over a decade of newsroom experience to the the Stokes News having spent his career covering small, rural communities. When he is not covering the wonderful events in King, Walnut Cove and Danbury he spends his free time exploring the natural beauty of Hanging Rock State Park with his wife and two daughters.

Latest Stories by Nicholas Elmes

State and national NAACP representatives joined residents of the Walnut Tree and Pine Hall areas Wednesday to announce the beginning of a statewide civil rights investigation into the disproportionate impact of coal ash contamination and fracking test wells on poor communities and communities of color.
The move came weeks after Walnut Cove commiss

NAACP enters fracking, coal ash debate

State and national NAACP representatives joined residents of the Walnut Tree and Pine Hall areas Wednesday to announce the beginning of a statewide civil rights investigation into the disproportionate impact of coal ash contamination and fracking test wells on poor communities and communities of color. The move came weeks after Walnut Cove commiss

The Mount Airy Police Department, which has participated in several recent raids on suspected Internet gambling esbalishments in Mount Airy and Surry County, recently took part in another such raid in Stokes County.
The agency worked with the The King Police Department as authorities there led four raids sweepstakes, businesses, seizing 172 gambli

King police raid sweepstakes locations

The Mount Airy Police Department, which has participated in several recent raids on suspected Internet gambling esbalishments in Mount Airy and Surry County, recently took part in another such raid in Stokes County. The agency worked with the The King Police Department as authorities there led four raids sweepstakes, businesses, seizing 172 gambli

King police raid sweepstakes locations

The King Police Department has raided four “sweepstakes” businesses seizing 172 gambling machines and over $40,000 in cash. Chief Paula May said on Thursday the King Police Department, in conjunction with the Mount Airy Police Department executed search warrants at EZ-Win Sweepstakes, located at the Colony Shopping Center, King Video a

Meet Me on Main Saturday

Downtown King is the place to be this weekend for the annual King Chamber of Commerce Meet Me on Main street festival. King Chamber Director Cathy Loveday said the event, which runs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, would feature music, food, a variety of vendors and lots of fun. “It is a time to bring everyone to our downtown area and

Duke to supply water to well owners

A spokesman for Duke Energy has confirmed that two Belews Creek area residents who received do-not-drink notices from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, after their wells tested above allowable exceedances, have requested receiving temporary water deliveries from Duke Energy. “We are offering temporary water to any neighbor wh

King sets budget public hearing

The King City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015-2016 budget on June 1. The proposed budget calls for no tax increase but does include an increase in sewer rates. King City Manager Homer Dearmin said that increase was a result of increases in charges from Winston-Salem which processes King's sewer. He said in-city sewer rate

Spanning two venues the first ever Hanging Rock Outdoor Fest gave attendees of what Stokes County has to offer for outdoor activities on Saturday.
The event kicked off in the Hanging Rock Visitor's Center parking lot with a variety of local and regional vendors sharing information about outdoor activities.
Those vendors ranged from educational bo

Inaugural Outdoor Fest a great starting point

Spanning two venues the first ever Hanging Rock Outdoor Fest gave attendees of what Stokes County has to offer for outdoor activities on Saturday. The event kicked off in the Hanging Rock Visitor's Center parking lot with a variety of local and regional vendors sharing information about outdoor activities. Those vendors ranged from educational bo

Organizers of Walnut Cove's new street festival, Springfest, said the inaugural event was a big success Saturday.
“I am very pleased,” said Kim Ferrell, chairperson of the Walnut Cove Small Town Main Street Committee. “it was a good crowd and we had a little something for everybody.
“Everyone I have talked to said they hav

Springfest fills Cove

Organizers of Walnut Cove's new street festival, Springfest, said the inaugural event was a big success Saturday. “I am very pleased,” said Kim Ferrell, chairperson of the Walnut Cove Small Town Main Street Committee. “it was a good crowd and we had a little something for everybody. “Everyone I have talked to said they hav

On Friday,May 8, members of the Stokes County Sheriff's Office Special Investigative Division began arresting persons alleged to be involved with drug related offences in Stokes County.
The sweep resulted in eight arrests, although officials say the investigation is ongoing.
Matthew Lee McHargue, 23, of 801 Tate Rd., Rural Hall, is charged with p

8 face drug charges

On Friday,May 8, members of the Stokes County Sheriff's Office Special Investigative Division began arresting persons alleged to be involved with drug related offences in Stokes County. The sweep resulted in eight arrests, although officials say the investigation is ongoing. Matthew Lee McHargue, 23, of 801 Tate Rd., Rural Hall, is charged with p

Hewett tries again

Only a couple of days after the Stokes County Board of Co-missioners unanimously denied a request from King resident Steven Hewett to place the motto “In Reason We Trust” on the county courthouse Hewett has sent the board a new request, this time to have the original U.S. Motto, “E Puribus Unum,” placed on the courthouse. W

Opponents to the Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners' decision to allow a core-hole sample to be drilled on town property to asses the hydrocarbon potential in the Dan River Basin for possible future fracking packed the Walnut Cove Senior Center Tuesday night with demands that the board rescind or put on hold their decision until a public hearing on

WC stands by core sample decision

Opponents to the Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners' decision to allow a core-hole sample to be drilled on town property to asses the hydrocarbon potential in the Dan River Basin for possible future fracking packed the Walnut Cove Senior Center Tuesday night with demands that the board rescind or put on hold their decision until a public hearing on

King Chamber Executive Director Cathy Loveday said she was very happy with the turnout for this year's golf tournament held at Hemlock Golf Course on Friday.
She added that the chamber wanted to thank all of the sponsors that made the event possible.
Those sponosred included:
Title Sponsorship
RiverStreet Networks
Platinum Sponsorhip
Stokes C

King Chamber golf tournament draws a crowd

King Chamber Executive Director Cathy Loveday said she was very happy with the turnout for this year's golf tournament held at Hemlock Golf Course on Friday. She added that the chamber wanted to thank all of the sponsors that made the event possible. Those sponosred included: Title Sponsorship RiverStreet Networks Platinum Sponsorhip Stokes C

The annual National Day of Prayer ceremony was held at the Stokes Family YMCA last Thursday.
King Mayor Jack Warren presented a plaque declaring the day a day of prayer to Stokes Family YMCA Executive Director Derek Edwards and guest speaker Glenn Van Meter of First Christian Church.
King Moravian Church pastor Dr. Neil Routh provided a prayer fo

Day of Prayer held at YMCA

The annual National Day of Prayer ceremony was held at the Stokes Family YMCA last Thursday. King Mayor Jack Warren presented a plaque declaring the day a day of prayer to Stokes Family YMCA Executive Director Derek Edwards and guest speaker Glenn Van Meter of First Christian Church. King Moravian Church pastor Dr. Neil Routh provided a prayer fo

Board: No to 'reason' plan

Only one motto, “In God We Trust,” will be going on the Stokes County courthouse following a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners Monday to decline an offer to place an alternate motto, “In Reason We Trust,” on the building as well. That proposal had come from Steven Hewett, who recently won a lawsuit, through s

County to drill wells in Meadows

Following a heated debate, the Stokes County Board of Commissioners agreed on a 3-2 vote to spend up to $30,000 to drill two wells in the Meadows community to determine what the potential is for water generation in the area. The idea to drill the wells came up last month after the board was presented with three options to develop a water system in

A Pfafftown man has been charged with breaking and entering following an early morning incident at King Drug on Sunday, according to the King Police Department.
Chief Paula May said Sgt. Matthew Perdue and Cpl. Patrick Mabe responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle near King Drug Company at approximately 1:15 a.m. They discovered a 2008 Dodge pi

Man charged in King Drug break-in

A Pfafftown man has been charged with breaking and entering following an early morning incident at King Drug on Sunday, according to the King Police Department. Chief Paula May said Sgt. Matthew Perdue and Cpl. Patrick Mabe responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle near King Drug Company at approximately 1:15 a.m. They discovered a 2008 Dodge pi

A Winston-Salem man has been charged in connection to an April 29 break-in at the King Dollar General.
Walter Andre Lowery, 53, of 1234 E. 24th Street, was charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny. He was placed under a $10,000 secured bond and has a court date of June 10.
King Police Chief Paula May said entry to the Dollar G

Lowery charged in Dollar General break-in

A Winston-Salem man has been charged in connection to an April 29 break-in at the King Dollar General. Walter Andre Lowery, 53, of 1234 E. 24th Street, was charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny. He was placed under a $10,000 secured bond and has a court date of June 10. King Police Chief Paula May said entry to the Dollar G

King budget offers glimpse of future

Buried in the depths of department line items in the proposed King 2015-16 budget are three forward thinking proposals aimed at moving the city into the future. The most immediate of these is $35,400 set aside for downtown improvements over the course of next year. King City Manager Homer Dearmin said those funds would be used, in conjunction wit

For Johnny and Robin Blakley farming was something that kind of grew on them.
The owners of the Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery told participants of the Stokes County Cooperative Extension Small Farms Tour that they had started out to be meat goat farm.
“We made the mistake of buying some Nubians,” said Johnny Blakley. “They hav

Goats, cheese and more

For Johnny and Robin Blakley farming was something that kind of grew on them. The owners of the Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery told participants of the Stokes County Cooperative Extension Small Farms Tour that they had started out to be meat goat farm. “We made the mistake of buying some Nubians,” said Johnny Blakley. “They hav

Springfest offers lots of fun in Walnut Cove

Walnut Cove will come alive this Saturday with Springfest, a day long festival which will close Main Street and fill it with vendors and musical entertainment. Kim Ferrell, who, with the Small Town Main Street Committee, has helped organize the festival, said it grew out of the success of last years 125th birth celebration for the town. “Pe





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