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Nicholas Elmes

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: nelmes@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-591-8191
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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

One killed in wreck

Daniel Elisha Haynes, Sr., 89, of Stoneville, was killed in a two car collision near Priddy's General Store on Dec. 9, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Trooper J.S. Stevens said Haynes was driving a 2000 Ford car when he pulled out of Priddy's General Store's side parking lot into the path of a 2003 Ford van operated by Robin Nichole Martinez

A Rural Hall man who had been charged with the sexual molestation of a 10-year-old girl in November was found dead in Moratock Park on Dec. 11, according to the Stokes County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Deputy Craig Carico said Sheriff Mike Marshall went to Moratock Park last Thursday and saw an unattended red Ford truck parked in the parking lot.
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Man found dead in Moratock Park

A Rural Hall man who had been charged with the sexual molestation of a 10-year-old girl in November was found dead in Moratock Park on Dec. 11, according to the Stokes County Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Craig Carico said Sheriff Mike Marshall went to Moratock Park last Thursday and saw an unattended red Ford truck parked in the parking lot. &#

After following up on information received from community sources in the Walnut Cove area, the Stokes County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division has now completed several months worth of undercover investigation involving the sale and distribution of prescription medication in Stokes County.
As a result of the investigation officers arrested Haywo

WC man charged in drug sting

After following up on information received from community sources in the Walnut Cove area, the Stokes County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division has now completed several months worth of undercover investigation involving the sale and distribution of prescription medication in Stokes County. As a result of the investigation officers arrested Haywo

Bigger jail needed?

Expanding the county jail could create some significant new revenue for Stokes County, according to a new analysis by county leaders. But Sheriff Mike Marshall says the jail needs to be expanded regardless of possible revenues. “Right now we are running overpopulated at the jail 99 percent of the time,” said Marshall. “Since Jan

Officials with the Walnut Cove Masons say Saturday's Christmas parade was the biggest in the 14 years the organization has been in charge of the parade.
“It was a very successful year,” said Arzell Montgomery. “We are extremely pleased with the way everything turned out.”
Montgomery said the parade featured over 125 entrie

'Best parade yet'

Officials with the Walnut Cove Masons say Saturday's Christmas parade was the biggest in the 14 years the organization has been in charge of the parade. “It was a very successful year,” said Arzell Montgomery. “We are extremely pleased with the way everything turned out.” Montgomery said the parade featured over 125 entrie

'County has a revenue problem'

Stokes County will face some serious budget hurdles in the next two years, according to County Manager Rick Morris. Morris told the Board of Commissioners at a budget work session last week that the county's budget woes were the result of a revenue, not a spending, problem. “You charged me to call it like I see it,” he told commission

WC finds W/S billing issue

Water and sewer customers in Walnut Cove have been getting a deal for the past 15 months. Interim Town Manager Monty Stevens told the town Board of Commissioners last week that while researching recent water leaks he had discovered that the rates for water and sewer services had not been updated in the billing system after the board raised rates i

Walnut Cove applying for planning grant

The town of Walnut Cove took swift action last week after learning of a grant opportunity that could help lay the ground work to transform the downtown area. Destination by Design spokesman Eric Woolridge to the Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners that he had learned of a planing grant through the N.C. Department of Commerce that could the town add

The annual Christmas in Danbury was a success on Sunday with people visiting the library, historical society, Apple Gallery and Artists Way before a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas Caroling in front of the old courthouse.

Christmas in Danbury a success

The annual Christmas in Danbury was a success on Sunday with people visiting the library, historical society, Apple Gallery and Artists Way before a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas Caroling in front of the old courthouse.

Spots left for annual Business Expo

Stokes County Economic Development Director Alan Wood said the line up for this year's annual Business Expo is filling up fast, but noted that there were still a few spots left for any county businesses that wanted to participate. The event is scheduled for Jan. 15 at YMCA Camp Hanes and will feature a Roaring Twenties theme this year. The title o

Commissioners table marriage resolution

Following a lengthy public comment session, and a debate over procedural matters, the Stokes County Board of Commissioners, on a 3-2 split vote, decided Monday to indefinitely table a proposed resolution addressing recent court rulings on same-sex marriage. The resolution, originally placed on the agenda last month by Commissioner James Booth, sta

Two local people are in jail following a heroin distribution investigation in Walnut Cove, according to the Stokes County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Deputy Craig Carico said the the county narcotics division made the arrests after a three month investigation.
Courtney Lynn Taylor, 28, of 1060 Garden Dr., Walnut Cove, has been charged with three coun

Two charged in heroin investigation

Two local people are in jail following a heroin distribution investigation in Walnut Cove, according to the Stokes County Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Craig Carico said the the county narcotics division made the arrests after a three month investigation. Courtney Lynn Taylor, 28, of 1060 Garden Dr., Walnut Cove, has been charged with three coun

What started as a simple gift over 25 years ago has grown into a Christmas tradition and a city of holiday cheer for Dyanne Snyder.
“It all started when my sweet husband got me a church to put on the mantel with our Christmas decorations,” said Snyder who today spends over a month setting up an intricate model Christmas village in her

Building a winter wonderland

What started as a simple gift over 25 years ago has grown into a Christmas tradition and a city of holiday cheer for Dyanne Snyder. “It all started when my sweet husband got me a church to put on the mantel with our Christmas decorations,” said Snyder who today spends over a month setting up an intricate model Christmas village in her

Four juveniles are in custody following a high speed chase and wreck in the King community Thursday afternoon, according to King Police Chief Paula May.
May said North Carolina Highway Patrol chased the vehicle into King on Old Hwy. 52 around 2 p.m. Thursday.
“We tried to stop them with stop sticks but they drove around them,” said Ma

High speed chase ends in wreck in King

Four juveniles are in custody following a high speed chase and wreck in the King community Thursday afternoon, according to King Police Chief Paula May. May said North Carolina Highway Patrol chased the vehicle into King on Old Hwy. 52 around 2 p.m. Thursday. “We tried to stop them with stop sticks but they drove around them,” said Ma

Four juveniles are in custody following a high speed chase and wreck in the King community Thursday afternoon, according to King Police Chief Paula May.
May said North Carolina Highway Patrol chased the vehicle into King on Old Hwy. 52 around 2 p.m. Thursday.
“We tried to stop them with stop sticks but they drove around them,” said Ma

High speed chase ends in wreck in King

Four juveniles are in custody following a high speed chase and wreck in the King community Thursday afternoon, according to King Police Chief Paula May. May said North Carolina Highway Patrol chased the vehicle into King on Old Hwy. 52 around 2 p.m. Thursday. “We tried to stop them with stop sticks but they drove around them,” said Ma

Activity bus involved in accident

A contest between Mount Airy and North Stokes basketball teams on Tuesday had to be postponed after a Stokes County activity bus was involved in an accident in Mount Airy while en route to the game. Mount Airy Police Lt. J. Inman said no one was injured in the somewhat unusual accident which occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m. at the intersection

King okays Walmart

The King City Council unanimously approved a special exception permit Monday which will allow for the construction of a Walmart in the city. The action came after a public hearing during which only three people spoke against allowing Walmart to build in the city, and several people argued that the plan would help keep taxes down by providing addit

Mount Airy wreck postpones NSHS game

A contest between Mount Airy and North Stokes basketball teams on Tuesday had to be postponed after a Stokes County activity bus was involved in an accident in Mount Airy while en route to the game. Mount Airy Police Lt. J. Inman said no one was injured in the somewhat unusual accident which occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m. at the intersection

Firefighters contain Sauratown Mountain blaze

About 50 firefighters from local departments spent Sunday night putting out a three acre fire on top of Sauratown mountain, according to Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. Booe said firefighters from Sauartown, King, Danbury, Double Creek, South Stokes, Westfield, and the Forestry Service, along with personnel from Stokes County EMS responded

Partnership proposed to attract new industry

Nestled in a thick stack of requests for the county's five-year capital needs totalling over $9 million is a one page proposal from the Economic Development Commission requesting $250,000 over a five-year time period to develop a coalition of public and private partners to market the county to potential industrial and retail businesses. The propos





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