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

Chamber gearing up for 25th KingFest
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of KingFest, the annual community celebration in Central Park.
Chamber Director Cathy Loveday said she exited to be organizing the landmark event during her first year as director.
She said this year the event will feature food areas and music on both sides of the park

Chamber gearing up for 25th KingFest

Chamber gearing up for 25th KingFest This year will mark the 25th anniversary of KingFest, the annual community celebration in Central Park. Chamber Director Cathy Loveday said she exited to be organizing the landmark event during her first year as director. She said this year the event will feature food areas and music on both sides of the park

Tourism keep to county's future

The Stokes County Economic Development Commission (EDC) presented its annual report to the Board of Commissioners last week, placing tourism at the top of their priorities list. “I have always been about tourism,” said EDC Chairman Jane Priddy-Charleville. “More than 130 jobs in Stokes County last year were from tourism. That is

Walnut Cove examining sewer system

The Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners unanimously approved planning work last week for the town's sewer system along Hwy. 65 which would create a 4,000 foot extension and allow the removal of two lift pump stations. Public Works Director Kevin Webb said the town had started looking at the project two years ago, and noted that getting the planing

A Florida based company is in the planning stages of creating a $13 million dollar 5 MWac photovoltaic solar farm between Germanton and Rural Hall.
Pine Gate Holdings, LLC has filled with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for permits to operate the power station on property owned by J.D. Goldston at 2061 Hwy. 65.
The solar farm is one of 40

$13 million solar farm planned in Germanton

A Florida based company is in the planning stages of creating a $13 million dollar 5 MWac photovoltaic solar farm between Germanton and Rural Hall. Pine Gate Holdings, LLC has filled with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for permits to operate the power station on property owned by J.D. Goldston at 2061 Hwy. 65. The solar farm is one of 40

County Health Department increasing patients

Despite cuts in funding the Stokes County Health Department is growing in size of facilities, number of patients seen and types of programs offered. That was the message County Health Director Scott Lenhart brought to the county commissioners last week during his annual report on the department. Lenhart said the department had served 1,645 patien

National Tissue Comapny closing King facility

On Monday employees at the National Tissue Company facility in King were notified that the long-time facility would be closed by the end of the year. The company had been purchased by Green Bay-based NPS Corp. in February. The King facility has been open since 1994. NPS Corp. President Andrew Hetzel, Jr., said the move would impact 40 employees a

County passes on Germanton cell tower

If the Germanton community gets a new Verizon cell tower, it will not be on county property. That was the consensus of the Board of Commissioners Monday after hearing recommendations from County Manager Rick Morris. The county had received a request to consider allowing a cell tower to be placed on county property, either at the county bus garage

Caution urged on Hwy. 8

The long expected sewer expansion to the Meadows community is underway and county officials are asking motorists to take care while traveling on Hwy. 8 between Meadows and Danbury for the next year. County Manager Rick Morris said the installation of the new sewer line would require periodic lane closures over the next year and warned motorists to

County considering how to spend Lawsonville funds

County commissioner are still debating how to spend close to $100,000 in left over funds from the construction of the new wing at Lawsonville Elementary School. County Manager Rick Morris said there was a total of $90,990 in left over funds. Of that, $63,529 comes from leftover construction and financing funds and would have to be used on Lawsonvi

Surrounded by rain and thunder the Stokes County Democratic Party opened a new campaign headquarters in Walnut Cove Friday afternoon.
The new office, located at 333 N. Main Street, will serve as a a party headquarters through the Nov. 4 election. Organizers plan to use it as a voter registration site, a phone bank location and as working space for

Democrats open campaign office

Surrounded by rain and thunder the Stokes County Democratic Party opened a new campaign headquarters in Walnut Cove Friday afternoon. The new office, located at 333 N. Main Street, will serve as a a party headquarters through the Nov. 4 election. Organizers plan to use it as a voter registration site, a phone bank location and as working space for

Boy, Girl Scouts holding membership drives

Local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops are seeking new members during the fall season. Boy Scout Hanging Rock District Chairman Jayson Duncan said the local Scout Executive would be visiting schools during September to give students a chance to learn what scouting can offer. “He will visit the schools a day or two before we hold our scout ni

Knife craftsmen from throughout the region, state and nation will be in Winston-Salem showcasing their creations this weekend thanks to the efforts of Stokes County resident John Hege.
Hege, a retired auto-mechanic, has been crafting fine knifes since 2004 when he started training to become a master smith with Tommy McNabb of Bethania.
At the tim

Local man spearheading knife show

Knife craftsmen from throughout the region, state and nation will be in Winston-Salem showcasing their creations this weekend thanks to the efforts of Stokes County resident John Hege. Hege, a retired auto-mechanic, has been crafting fine knifes since 2004 when he started training to become a master smith with Tommy McNabb of Bethania. At the tim

Piedmont Triad turning orange for hunger relief

On the heels of a national study showing one in six residents in Northwest North Carolina is now turning to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC's network for food assistance, cities and towns, including King, across the Piedmont are turning orange, the color of hunger awareness, and declaring September as Hunger Action Month. Local food pantr

Democrats question closed sessions

The Stokes County Board of Commissioners has met in closed session over 75 times in the past four years and the Stokes County Democratic Party wants to know what was discussed during those meetings. In a letter sent to all five county commissioners last week the Democrats expressed concerns that minutes from closed session meetings in recent years

School board tackles budget

Faced with a $1.5 million budget shortfall after receiving state allotments, the Stokes County School Board made some tough decisions Monday and moved one step closer to finalizing a budget for the 2014-15 school year. Executive Director of Finance Lanette Moore presented the board with a budget that would use all of the existing fund balance and

King approves housing development changes

The King City Council gave its approval to two changes to planned housing developments during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. The first development was originally approved by the council in 2006, but the property has recently been acquired by Mountainview Commercial Properties which plans to covert the development plan from multi-family

Stokes Stomp Parade entries still being accepted

Danbury Mayor Janet Whitt wants to hear from you if you are planning on participating in this year's Stokes Stomp Parade on Sept. 13. She said any participants need to register by Sunday, Sept. 7, by either calling her at 336-403-2027, or by calling the Danbury town offices. Whitt said participants would begin lining up at the government center s

Fair starts Monday

Great entertainment. Fun rides. The best of the county's produce and hand made crafts. Wonderful food. Yep, it is county fair time again, and this year the Stokes County Agricultural fair is offering even larger prizes, and more diverse entertainment. “It is really exciting,” said fair secretary Joyce Wall. “We are really beefin

Danbury debates parking, sidewalks

How should sidewalks owned by the town of Danbury be used? That was the topic of discussion at town council meeting last week, after Mayor Janet Whitt mentioned she had several requests each year for groups to use the streetscape sidewalk area for wedding receptions. Whitt's question of whether the town should charge for the uses of the area in s

Walmart hearing delayed again

A long awaited public hearing on a proposed Walmart in King will not happen until November at the earliest. King officials had expected to have the hearing during their September meeting, but King Director of Planning Todd Cox said he recently learned that the developers had still not received the needed permit from the Corps of Engineers. “




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