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Nicholas Elmes

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: nelmes@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-591-8191
Nicholas Elmes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasElmes

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

An under-forecast winter storm moved through the county early Tuesday morning dropping several inches of snow and closing schools and government offices.
Meteorologist Robert Beasley said the eastern side of the county got about one inch of snow while the western part of the county got closer to two inches of snow.
He warned that another system w

More snow hits county

An under-forecast winter storm moved through the county early Tuesday morning dropping several inches of snow and closing schools and government offices. Meteorologist Robert Beasley said the eastern side of the county got about one inch of snow while the western part of the county got closer to two inches of snow. He warned that another system w

The Stokes County Sheriff's Office recently arrested 18 people on drug charges as part of a multi-month investigation called Operation Freeze Warning 2015.
Captain Danny Bottoms said investigative work included traffic stops and searches of residences, noting that Operation Freeze Watch resulted in 51 felony charges and 43 misdemeanor charges.
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18 nabbed in drug sweep

The Stokes County Sheriff's Office recently arrested 18 people on drug charges as part of a multi-month investigation called Operation Freeze Warning 2015. Captain Danny Bottoms said investigative work included traffic stops and searches of residences, noting that Operation Freeze Watch resulted in 51 felony charges and 43 misdemeanor charges. &#

County health report shows improvement

Stokes County Health Director Scott Lenhart told the County Board of Commissioners Monday that the health of the county had improved in recent years. “There is a lot I would like to see done, but are we better than we were a couple of years ago?” he said. “Oh, yes most definitely.” Lenhart's statements were part of his ann

Cold temps result in fires

Last week's cold wintry weather was accompanied by a number of structure fires throughout the county according to Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. Booe said two fires on Feb. 17 left families without homes. The first, at 1561 King Road, displaced four adults and a toddler, but no injures were reported. Booe said Double Creek, Pinnacle, West

Monday's winter weather did not bring quite as much snow to Stokes County as earlier expected, but it still brought enough to make driving treacherous and close schools Tuesday and Wednesday and government offices on Tuesday.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Fisher said that sleet mixed with the snowfall around 10 p.m. Monday evening l

Year's first snow

Monday's winter weather did not bring quite as much snow to Stokes County as earlier expected, but it still brought enough to make driving treacherous and close schools Tuesday and Wednesday and government offices on Tuesday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Fisher said that sleet mixed with the snowfall around 10 p.m. Monday evening l

Exclusive interview

“The cross is not offensive. The flag is not offensive. What is offensive is you have a city government that is displaying that and endorsing that by their actions.” That is the reason Steven Hewett says he brought a lawsuit against King to remove the Christian flag and silhouette statue of a soldier kneeling before a cross at the King

Avid readers in Walnut Cove have a new place to find books thanks to the Walnut Cove Rotary Club and the Main Street Diner.
A new Free Little Library recently established in the Main Street Diner by the Rotary Club is the first of several planned for the town, according to Rotary Club President Debbie Cowan.
“Different organizations set up

Walnut Cove gets Free Little Library

Avid readers in Walnut Cove have a new place to find books thanks to the Walnut Cove Rotary Club and the Main Street Diner. A new Free Little Library recently established in the Main Street Diner by the Rotary Club is the first of several planned for the town, according to Rotary Club President Debbie Cowan. “Different organizations set up

Attendance up at Hanging Rock

Close to 40,000 more people visited Hanging Rock State Park in 2014 than in 2013 according to new figures released by the state park system. According to those figures, a total of 480,938 people visited the park through five different access points in 2014, up from 443,899 in 2013. “In 2013 it rained every single day,” said Park Super

As the snow settles in tonight, we here at the Stokes News are curious about who in Stokes County can make the best snowman tomorrow.
Please post your creations to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thestokesnews, and we will run the picture of the most popular one on our front page on Thursday.
Please take the picture with the creators of the s

Who can make the best snowman?

As the snow settles in tonight, we here at the Stokes News are curious about who in Stokes County can make the best snowman tomorrow. Please post your creations to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thestokesnews, and we will run the picture of the most popular one on our front page on Thursday. Please take the picture with the creators of the s

Heavy snowfall moved into Stokes County Monday afternoon, quickly covering the roads and making for treacherous driving.
The storm caused Stokes County Schools to be closed on Tuesday
Governor Pat McCrory issued a State of Emergency declaration ahead of the winter storm saying North Carolina's State Emergency Response Team is preparing for the ap

Heavy snow moves into Stokes County

Heavy snowfall moved into Stokes County Monday afternoon, quickly covering the roads and making for treacherous driving. The storm caused Stokes County Schools to be closed on Tuesday Governor Pat McCrory issued a State of Emergency declaration ahead of the winter storm saying North Carolina's State Emergency Response Team is preparing for the ap

Former Sandy Ridge Elementary School PTA President and Treasurer Amanda Goad Tucker, 34, of 1155 Sams Corns Rd., is facing a felony embezzlement charge.
Stokes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Craig Carico said the PTA filled a complaint on Feb. 5 stating that they were worried that funds had been removed from their checking account.
“D

PTA president charged

Former Sandy Ridge Elementary School PTA President and Treasurer Amanda Goad Tucker, 34, of 1155 Sams Corns Rd., is facing a felony embezzlement charge. Stokes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Craig Carico said the PTA filled a complaint on Feb. 5 stating that they were worried that funds had been removed from their checking account. “D

Helping build the future

Viola Penn has a brand new home. At least the 85-year-old Pinnacle resident feels like she is living in a brand new home after a housing rehabilitation program administered by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council helped find close to $40,000 for needed repairs and energy saving improvements for the home she has lived in for decades. The NCHFA Sing

Stokes schools grades shine

Statewide letter-grade assessments of schools were released last week, assigning an A through F grade to nearly every school in the state. In Stokes County one school, Stokes Early College, received an A, seven schools, Germanton, Mount Olive, King, North Stokes, Poplar Springs, Sandy Ridge, and South Stokes, received B grades, and the rest of the

The King Chamber of Commerce recently honored two members for their dedication to the Chamber over the past year.
Chamber Executive Director Cathy Loveday announced Walnut Ridge Director of Community Relations Angie Gearheart Bailey and Century 21 real estate agent Kent Hunter had been named the as the recipients of the Spirit of the Chamber award

Chamber honors volunteers

The King Chamber of Commerce recently honored two members for their dedication to the Chamber over the past year. Chamber Executive Director Cathy Loveday announced Walnut Ridge Director of Community Relations Angie Gearheart Bailey and Century 21 real estate agent Kent Hunter had been named the as the recipients of the Spirit of the Chamber award

The sound of protest roared through King Saturday morning as an estimated 1,000 bikers, local militias, and other concerned citizens gathered in King Central Park for a rally to protest the removal of the Christian flag and a statue depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross from the King Veteran's Memorial. both were removed as the result of the

Community, region rally over King Christian flag issue

The sound of protest roared through King Saturday morning as an estimated 1,000 bikers, local militias, and other concerned citizens gathered in King Central Park for a rally to protest the removal of the Christian flag and a statue depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross from the King Veteran's Memorial. both were removed as the result of the

Funeral services announced for Tarpleys

Separate funeral services have been announced for the Tarpley family following last week's tragic murder-suicide in the King community. A memorial service for Amanda Tarpley was held Sunday at Loves United Methodist Church in Walkertown. Funeral services for the two children, Coleton and Charlie, and the father, Coleton, will be held at 11 a.m. Tu

Funeral services announced for Tarpleys

Separate funeral services have been announced for the Tarpley family following last week's tragic murder-suicide in the King community. A memorial service for Amanda Tarpley was held Sunday at Loves United Methodist Church in Walkertown. Funeral services for the two children, Coleton and Charlie, and the father, Coleton, will be held at 11 a.m. Tu

KING — The sound of protest roared through King Saturday morning as an estimated 1,000 bikers, local militias, and other concerned citizens gathered in King Central Park for a rally to protest the removal of the Christian flag and a statue depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross from the King Veterans Memorial. Both were removed as the re

Community, region rally over King Christian flag issue

KING — The sound of protest roared through King Saturday morning as an estimated 1,000 bikers, local militias, and other concerned citizens gathered in King Central Park for a rally to protest the removal of the Christian flag and a statue depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross from the King Veterans Memorial. Both were removed as the re

Lankford questions jail costs

What started as a request to get more information on the cost of a proposed jail expansion at the County Board of Commissioner's meeting on Monday quickly dissolved in to a confused debate over the project's proposed costs that had already been released. County Manager Rick Morris asked the board for a consensus to send out a request for qualifica

Sheriff Mike Marshall revealed Friday that a childcare worker was the first person who alerted authorizes that “something was wrong” at the home of Coleton and Amanda Tarpley Wednesday.
The Tarpley's, along with their chidlren, 9-year-old Coleton and 6-year-old Charley, were all found shot to death in their Ralph Boyles Road home Wedne

Sheriff Mike Marshall revealed Friday that a childcare worker was the first person who alerted authorizes that “something was wrong” at the home of Coleton and Amanda Tarpley Wednesday. The Tarpley's, along with their chidlren, 9-year-old Coleton and 6-year-old Charley, were all found shot to death in their Ralph Boyles Road home Wedne





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