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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

'A game changer'

“I can assure you this will be a game changer and a life changing event for Stokes County.” That was the response Commissioner Leon Inman had after hearing a plan Monday night to bring gigabyte internet service to some of the most un-served and under-served areas of Stokes County within the next year. The plan, presented by Wilkes Com

Walnut Cove man dies as a result of fire

An as yet unidentified Walnut Cove man has died as the result of a Saturday evening fire on Rothrock Rd, according to Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. Booe said firefighters and EMS personnel were dispatched to 1473 Rothrock Rd. at around 7:42 p.m. Saturday after dispatch reported a patient on fire. “A passerby informed Walnut Cove Fi

Work on restoring the Vade Mecum property resumed this weekend with about 20 volunteers spending the day cleaning up parts of the property.
The volunteer work, organized by Friends of Sauratown Mountains (FSM), is a first step toward getting the historic property, which was transferred to Hanging Rock State Park last year, reopened for the public

Work continues at Vade Mecum

Work on restoring the Vade Mecum property resumed this weekend with about 20 volunteers spending the day cleaning up parts of the property. The volunteer work, organized by Friends of Sauratown Mountains (FSM), is a first step toward getting the historic property, which was transferred to Hanging Rock State Park last year, reopened for the public

Most basketball games revolve around the challenge of getting the ball in the basket. But for participants in the Third Annual Danbury Volunteer Fire Department Donkey Basketball game on Friday staying on their mount, figuring out a way to move down the court and avoiding being kicked by an onerous donkey were much more pressing concerns.
The annu

Donkey basketball fun

Most basketball games revolve around the challenge of getting the ball in the basket. But for participants in the Third Annual Danbury Volunteer Fire Department Donkey Basketball game on Friday staying on their mount, figuring out a way to move down the court and avoiding being kicked by an onerous donkey were much more pressing concerns. The annu

County mourns Lyons

Stokes County is mourning the loss of a well known educator and county leader after Eugene Lyons passed away on Saturday, March 14. Lyons began his career teaching in Statesville and Sandy Ridge before serving as principal at Lawsonville. In 1964 Lyons became the first and longest serving principal at North Stokes High School where he touched the

Lunch prices to increase

As a result of federal regulations the Stokes County School System will be increasing lunch prices next year to stay in compliance with the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act. In elementary schools the cost of lunch will increase from $2.35 to $2.40 and middle school and high school lunches will increase from $2.35 to $2.50 following a decision by the s

County budget picture clears

County commissioners are one step closer to resolving their revenue problem following a series of budget work sessions in recent weeks. “We know we have a revenue problem,” said Commissioner Leon Inman during a work session last Wednesday. “We know there is some improved revenue upcoming in a couple of years with increased sales

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new reason to visit Hanging Rock State Park this spring following the announcement this week of a new hiking challenge designed to be family friendly and highlight four of the park's five waterfalls.
The park, Friends of Sauratown Mountains and the Stokes County Arts Council will be hosting Friends, Family and Falls on A

Hiking challenge to focus on falls

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new reason to visit Hanging Rock State Park this spring following the announcement this week of a new hiking challenge designed to be family friendly and highlight four of the park's five waterfalls. The park, Friends of Sauratown Mountains and the Stokes County Arts Council will be hosting Friends, Family and Falls on A

Changes to the annual Feed Stokes road race this year proved to be an overwhelming success Saturday morning drawing 79 registrations for the new half marathon and doubling the participation in the 5k race to over 100 runners.
“It was just a really great event,” said Rotarian Zollie Smith who helped organize the race. The event raises m

Feed Stokes success

Changes to the annual Feed Stokes road race this year proved to be an overwhelming success Saturday morning drawing 79 registrations for the new half marathon and doubling the participation in the 5k race to over 100 runners. “It was just a really great event,” said Rotarian Zollie Smith who helped organize the race. The event raises m

Great bluegrass and gospel music will return to the Sandy Ridge community for the 67th annual Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Show this Saturday.
This year the show, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Sandy Ridge Elementary School, will feature The Churchmen and Rich in Tradition, according to organizer Jay Adams.
“This will be the first time The Churchme

Sandy Ridge Bluegrass show Saturday

Great bluegrass and gospel music will return to the Sandy Ridge community for the 67th annual Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Show this Saturday. This year the show, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Sandy Ridge Elementary School, will feature The Churchmen and Rich in Tradition, according to organizer Jay Adams. “This will be the first time The Churchme

Commissioners considers park funding

Following a request from volunteers at the East Walnut Cove Community Park to consider selling timber to fund park improvements the Stokes County Board of Commissioners is seeking alternatives to help improve the park. Last month Rev. Gregory Hariston told the board that park volunteers wanted approval to sell the timber to help raise funds and to

Board debates financial guidelines for parent run groups

Following the recent accusation that a local PTO treasurer embezzled funds, the Stokes County School Board is considering several policy changes that would provide more financial oversight for parent run support groups. The school system's attorney, Fred Johnson, said several simple policy changes could help to prevent future problems. “We

Work continues on North Stokes fuel leak

Stokes County Schools Director of Operations David Burge told the school board last week that clean up efforts are ongoing for a fuel leak at North Stokes High School that was discovered earlier this year. “Pyramid Environmental is handling all of the paperwork between us DENR,” said Burge, noting that a representative of the company,

Three Winston-Salem area people have been charged in the theft of Stokes County school bus batteries following an extensive investigation by the Stokes County Sheriff's Office.
On March 2, The Stokes County School System reported that 12 batteries were stolen from the school buses at North Stokes High School and four batteries were stolen from Pop

Three charged in bus battery thefts

Three Winston-Salem area people have been charged in the theft of Stokes County school bus batteries following an extensive investigation by the Stokes County Sheriff's Office. On March 2, The Stokes County School System reported that 12 batteries were stolen from the school buses at North Stokes High School and four batteries were stolen from Pop

Feed Stokes grows with half marathon

Five years ago a group of local civic organizations, led by the King Rotary Club, created the Feed Stokes 5k race to help raise funds for the King Outreach Ministries. Since that first race, the event has grown and evolved, changing locations, bringing in other county civic groups and expanding its donations to include the East Stokes Outreach Min

The Stokes County school system has a new tool to help students succeed, thanks to a partnership with Youth Haven Services.
On Wednesday the school system held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Elementary Day Treatment Program located at King Elementary School.
“Day treatment services allow children who have had significant problems bei

Day Treatment Program opens

The Stokes County school system has a new tool to help students succeed, thanks to a partnership with Youth Haven Services. On Wednesday the school system held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Elementary Day Treatment Program located at King Elementary School. “Day treatment services allow children who have had significant problems bei

King police have a new tool when dealing with the public, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the governor's crime commission.
King Police Chief Paula May said the department started using new Taser Axon Flex body camera's near the end of January and have been very happy with the new equipment's effectiveness.
The department now has a total of 13 body

PD gets body cams

King police have a new tool when dealing with the public, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the governor's crime commission. King Police Chief Paula May said the department started using new Taser Axon Flex body camera's near the end of January and have been very happy with the new equipment's effectiveness. The department now has a total of 13 body

King considers park camera options

The King City Council is still exploring options for increase security cameras at Recreation Acres following their regular monthly meeting Monday. Police Chief Paula May presented two options for security cameras at the park's concession stand, noting that the cost of each plan varied considerably. She said the city could get the same company tha

Danbury gets budget options

Danbury has some options on how it can deal with projected budget shortfalls in the coming years, according Town Administrator Mike Barsness. He presented the council last week with some option for how it could meet expected shortfalls with a mixture of tax increases and supplements from the town's fund balance. Currently the town has about $138,

Staff members of The Stokes News were recognized last week by the North Carolina Press Association at its annual conference and awards ceremony. A pool of 4,000 total entries in the annual contest were submitted by 110 North Carolina newspapers. The judging was completed by members of the Press Association of Illinois.
The Stokes News was awarded

Stokes News honored

Staff members of The Stokes News were recognized last week by the North Carolina Press Association at its annual conference and awards ceremony. A pool of 4,000 total entries in the annual contest were submitted by 110 North Carolina newspapers. The judging was completed by members of the Press Association of Illinois. The Stokes News was awarded





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