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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

A Walnut Cove woman has been rescued, and subsequently arrested, following a kidnapping this week.
Kayla Marie Dudley,24, of 1509 Piney Mountain Road, Walnut Cove, was reported missing by family members mid-week.
Winston-Salem police located Dudley on Thursday, April 30, when they responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of Akron Drive, where it

Walnut Cove woman rescued from kidnapping

A Walnut Cove woman has been rescued, and subsequently arrested, following a kidnapping this week. Kayla Marie Dudley,24, of 1509 Piney Mountain Road, Walnut Cove, was reported missing by family members mid-week. Winston-Salem police located Dudley on Thursday, April 30, when they responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of Akron Drive, where it

Two landowners get 'Do not drink water' notices

Despite previous reports from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that no letters were sent out warning residents living near the Belews Creek coal ash impoundment not to drink or cook with their water, a Department of Natural Resources (DENR) representative said Friday that two Walnut Cove area residents did receive warning letters.

Three Mount Airy residents are facing drug charges following an April 21 traffic stop in Stokes County, according to information released Tuesday by Stokes County authorities.
Stacy Denise Stevens, 25, of 190 Palmer Rd., Mount Airy, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to

Three area residents arrested on drug charges

Three Mount Airy residents are facing drug charges following an April 21 traffic stop in Stokes County, according to information released Tuesday by Stokes County authorities. Stacy Denise Stevens, 25, of 190 Palmer Rd., Mount Airy, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to

Commissioners approve new health plan

In a tough budget year Stokes County has found a new health plan for county employees that will prevent a $200,000 increase in health benefit costs. County Clerk Darleen Bullins presented the new plan Monday, noting that the county started looking for alternatives after receiving word in late March that their current coverage through the League of

Relay for Life is Friday

The 2015 Relay for Life will be held this Friday at South Stokes High School starting at 7 p.m. The event will run through the night concluding with at “fight back” ceremony at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. “The event gives everyone a chance to see what we are about,” said organizer Nancy Tuttle. “The biggest thing about the

Concern over a suspicious vehicle in the Westfield community resulted in the discovery last week of a missing West Virginia Senior.
Stokes County Sheriff's Office Capt. Danny Bottoms said Carlos Harmon Goodman, 75, of Williamson, W.Va., was discovered in a silver Ford truck after the Stokes County E911 received a call at 1434 Jessup Rd. in the Wes

Missing West Virginia man located in Stokes County

Concern over a suspicious vehicle in the Westfield community resulted in the discovery last week of a missing West Virginia Senior. Stokes County Sheriff's Office Capt. Danny Bottoms said Carlos Harmon Goodman, 75, of Williamson, W.Va., was discovered in a silver Ford truck after the Stokes County E911 received a call at 1434 Jessup Rd. in the Wes

Walker charges dismissed

All charges against Ashley Walker, 31, of Butner Rd., Tobaccoville, were dissmissed on April 21. Walker had been charged with disorderly conduct, possession of alprazolam and buprenorphine naloxone, posession of drug paraphernalia and soliciting of Alms by the King Police Department on Feb. 7. She said she had been transporting the prescribed med

Work continues on opening Vade Mecum

Despite a lack of state funding and a continuing discovery of new issues, Hanging Rock State Park and the Friends of Sauratown Mountains (FSM) are working to get parts of the Vade Mecum property open to the public. Park Superintendent Robin Riddlebarger said they were working on a three-pronged approach to provide limited day access to the propert

“Cool!” “Awesome!” “Gross!” “Ewwww!”
Fifth grader reactions at the annual Stokes Soil and Water Conservation District Environmental Awareness Days ran the gamut of emotions from disgust, at stations focused on erosion and pollution, to amazement, at stations where students got to learn about bees and

Students learn about the environment

“Cool!” “Awesome!” “Gross!” “Ewwww!” Fifth grader reactions at the annual Stokes Soil and Water Conservation District Environmental Awareness Days ran the gamut of emotions from disgust, at stations focused on erosion and pollution, to amazement, at stations where students got to learn about bees and

“I have some big shoes to fill.”
But new Danbury Librarian Lisa Lawless says she is ready to serve the library's patrons to the best of her ability, providing great service and building on the library's existing programs.
“Nora Lankford did an amazing job, she left a big foundation to build on,” said Lawless. “I am h

Danbury gets new librarian

“I have some big shoes to fill.” But new Danbury Librarian Lisa Lawless says she is ready to serve the library's patrons to the best of her ability, providing great service and building on the library's existing programs. “Nora Lankford did an amazing job, she left a big foundation to build on,” said Lawless. “I am h

Area wrecking companies recently partnered with a collection of local fire departments to provide specialized training for extrication from accidents involving large trucks and school buses.
“We had about 10 fire departments here,” said Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. “We had about 10 different scenarios, some with overtur

Wrecking companies help train first responders for large vehicle wrecks

Area wrecking companies recently partnered with a collection of local fire departments to provide specialized training for extrication from accidents involving large trucks and school buses. “We had about 10 fire departments here,” said Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. “We had about 10 different scenarios, some with overtur

Francisco Elementary prospects dimming

Surrounded by the still-new-feeling Nancy Reynolds Elementary School auditorium supporters of Francisco Elementary School got a seemingly unending list of bad news about plans to save their school Monday night. The plan to save the school by converting it into a K-8 STEM feeder school for the Stokes Early College will be much more difficult to ach

School budget: $11.9 M

The proposed Stokes County school budget released Monday night calls for close to $1.7 million in additional local funding for current expense and capital spending in the 2015-16 school year. Executive Director of Finance Lanette Moore said this year she had had to put the budget together without any planning allotment from the state, so the budge

The inaugural Family, Friends and Falls hike at Hanging Rock State Park drew about 35 participants to the park last weekend.
The event, fundraiser for improvements at the Vade Mecum property, was sponsored by the park, Friends of Sauratown Mountains (FSM) and the Stokes County Arts Council.
The hike took participants on a specail trail which hit

Falls event draws hikers

The inaugural Family, Friends and Falls hike at Hanging Rock State Park drew about 35 participants to the park last weekend. The event, fundraiser for improvements at the Vade Mecum property, was sponsored by the park, Friends of Sauratown Mountains (FSM) and the Stokes County Arts Council. The hike took participants on a specail trail which hit

Donnie Lee Holt, 34, of 1154 Osbourne Joyce Rd., Pinnacle, has been charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property following an April 17 break-in at the Cornerstone Market in Pinnacle.
The Stokes County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at around 4 a.m. on Friday after dispatchers re

Pinnacle man charged in break-in

Donnie Lee Holt, 34, of 1154 Osbourne Joyce Rd., Pinnacle, has been charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property following an April 17 break-in at the Cornerstone Market in Pinnacle. The Stokes County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at around 4 a.m. on Friday after dispatchers re

Comprehensive land use draft plan released

Walnut Cove commissioners were the first in the county to get look at the long awaited comprehensive land use plan for Stokes County and its three main municipalities when Destination by Design's Eric Woolridge, presented a draft version of the plan at the regular town meeting. Woolridge will be presenting the plan to Danbury on April 29, King on

Area wrecking companies recently partnered with a collection of local fire departments to provide specialized training for extrication from accidents involving large trucks and school buses.
“We had about 10 fire departments here,” said Stokes County Fire Marshall Brian Booe. “We had about 10 different scenarios, some with overtu

Wrecking companies help train first responders for large vehicle wrecks

Area wrecking companies recently partnered with a collection of local fire departments to provide specialized training for extrication from accidents involving large trucks and school buses. “We had about 10 fire departments here,” said Stokes County Fire Marshall Brian Booe. “We had about 10 different scenarios, some with overtu

King Rotary sponsors job shadowing day

For the second year in a row the King Rotary Club has sponsored a countywide job shadowing program for local high school students. “This fits in with the mission of service above self which included community betterment,” said organizer Sue Jarvis. “This project helps economic development, helps build the local workforce and help

Walnut Cove to renovate town hall

As Walnut Cove prepares to start operating a DMV Licence Plate Agency (LPA) the town is looking at hiring new staff and remodeling town hall to meet state requirements. Last week town commissioners approved a plan spend up to $20,000 to acquire architectural plans for the required remodeling of town hall. “We are going to have to have 500 s

Walnut Cove okays core sample drilling

The Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners has approved a request from the North Carolina Geological Survey to drill a core sample on town property to asses the area's hydrocarbon potential. State Geologist Jeff Reid said the North Carolina Geological Survey was an unbiased agency that had been directed to conduct the survey by the state legislature.





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