Elyssa Parnell

Position: Staff writer
E-Mail Address: eparnell@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 803-276-0625


About Elyssa Parnell

Elyssa Parnell is a news reporter who covers public safety, Newberry County and the City of Newberry. If you have a story idea contact Elyssa at 803-276-0625 or send her an email to eparnell@civitasmedia.com.

Latest Stories by Elyssa Parnell

WHITMIRE — Whitmire's Economic Development Board will host Save the TaTas — Whitmire's Pink Walk on Saturday, starting with a pink pancake breakfast at one of the town's newest restaurants.
The idea for the event came from board member Jamala Kim Wallace.
“We all voted to have this event,” said member Maria Mcmurtury. R

Whitmire breast cancer event is this weekend

WHITMIRE — Whitmire's Economic Development Board will host Save the TaTas — Whitmire's Pink Walk on Saturday, starting with a pink pancake breakfast at one of the town's newest restaurants. The idea for the event came from board member Jamala Kim Wallace. “We all voted to have this event,” said member Maria Mcmurtury. R

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Historical and Museum Society celebrated 50 years together Sunday at the site of what will soon be the Newberry Museum.
Located at 1311 Friend St. in Newberry, the Taylor Building, as it has been recently called, is known to most people as the old library and old post office.
On Sunday, behind its walls, its y

Historical society celebrates 50 years

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Historical and Museum Society celebrated 50 years together Sunday at the site of what will soon be the Newberry Museum. Located at 1311 Friend St. in Newberry, the Taylor Building, as it has been recently called, is known to most people as the old library and old post office. On Sunday, behind its walls, its y

POMARIA — Carolina Pride Pastures in Pomaria joined Alpaca breeders across the United States and Canada in opening their farms and ranches to the public during this year's National Alpaca Farm Days held this past weekend.
Alicia and Eric Holbrook moved back to Pomaria after they were married. The property had been abandoned for seven years o

Pomaria couple hosts Alpaca Farm Days

POMARIA — Carolina Pride Pastures in Pomaria joined Alpaca breeders across the United States and Canada in opening their farms and ranches to the public during this year's National Alpaca Farm Days held this past weekend. Alicia and Eric Holbrook moved back to Pomaria after they were married. The property had been abandoned for seven years o

Anyone that knows me pretty well will know that I'm not a huge football fan. Now that being said, what I mean is that I don't truly understand the game of football. I've gone to USC games almost every weekend during football season since I was a little girl and it's one of my favorite traditions of fall, even if I don't understand each and every pl

Under those 'Friday night lights'

Anyone that knows me pretty well will know that I'm not a huge football fan. Now that being said, what I mean is that I don't truly understand the game of football. I've gone to USC games almost every weekend during football season since I was a little girl and it's one of my favorite traditions of fall, even if I don't understand each and every pl

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Sheriff's Office was prepared and took back old prescription drugs this past Saturday. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) partnered with the sheriff's office to conduct the ninth year of the National Project Take-back initiative. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, officers took in expired, unused and unw

Prescription drug take-back complete

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Sheriff's Office was prepared and took back old prescription drugs this past Saturday. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) partnered with the sheriff's office to conduct the ninth year of the National Project Take-back initiative. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, officers took in expired, unused and unw

NEWBERRY — The Bulldogs couldn't be stopped tonight as they defeated the Eau Claire Shamrocks 56-0 at home for their homecoming game.
Newberry took the field on offense after the coin toss. Just under two minutes into the first quarter Yafari Werts takes a 30 yard run in for a touchdown putting them on top 7-0.
The defense continued holding

Bulldogs rout the Shamrocks

NEWBERRY — The Bulldogs couldn't be stopped tonight as they defeated the Eau Claire Shamrocks 56-0 at home for their homecoming game. Newberry took the field on offense after the coin toss. Just under two minutes into the first quarter Yafari Werts takes a 30 yard run in for a touchdown putting them on top 7-0. The defense continued holding

NEWBERRY — Newberry High School broke a record Friday night by completing a shut-out against Eau Claire of 56-0.
The Bulldogs had gone 887 football games since 1921 without a shut-out or a victory by 56 points but did both Friday at its homecoming game, improving to 4-1 on the season.
The 1928 Bulldogs defeated Ware Shoals 54-0 that year.

NHS sets a record Friday against Eau Claire

NEWBERRY — Newberry High School broke a record Friday night by completing a shut-out against Eau Claire of 56-0. The Bulldogs had gone 887 football games since 1921 without a shut-out or a victory by 56 points but did both Friday at its homecoming game, improving to 4-1 on the season. The 1928 Bulldogs defeated Ware Shoals 54-0 that year.

PROSPERITY — Want to protect yourself and family from the harmful effects of the flu without stepping foot inside of a doctor's office? Lovelace Family Medicine has created a way to do just that this weekend with their drive-thru flu shot clinic.
Located at 600 N. Wheeler Ave. in Prosperity, Lovelace will allow individuals ages 4 and older t

Drive right up and get a flu shot

PROSPERITY — Want to protect yourself and family from the harmful effects of the flu without stepping foot inside of a doctor's office? Lovelace Family Medicine has created a way to do just that this weekend with their drive-thru flu shot clinic. Located at 600 N. Wheeler Ave. in Prosperity, Lovelace will allow individuals ages 4 and older t

NEWBERRY — Grab your Lederhosen and head to downtown Newberry October 4 as the city fills with the sights and sounds of Germany.
Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the city of Newberry said they have made a lot of changes to further improve the overall experience of this year's event.
One major change in this year's event Ko

German heritage comes to downtown Newberry

NEWBERRY — Grab your Lederhosen and head to downtown Newberry October 4 as the city fills with the sights and sounds of Germany. Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the city of Newberry said they have made a lot of changes to further improve the overall experience of this year's event. One major change in this year's event Ko

NEWBERRY — Newberry High School (3-1) will host Eau Claire High School (0-5) at home tonight with a kickoff of 7:30 p.m. With last week's loss to Broome, Coach Phil Strickland said their goal this week was to continue to work on themselves.
“We made too many mistakes Friday (against Broome) on both sides,” Strickland said. “

Bulldogs hope luck doesn't lie with the Shamrocks

NEWBERRY — Newberry High School (3-1) will host Eau Claire High School (0-5) at home tonight with a kickoff of 7:30 p.m. With last week's loss to Broome, Coach Phil Strickland said their goal this week was to continue to work on themselves. “We made too many mistakes Friday (against Broome) on both sides,” Strickland said. “

NEWBERRY — A message of what it takes to be successful not only in football but in life was given to Touchdown Club members and student athletes Monday night at Newberry County Touchdown Club.
Coach Shell Dula was NCTDC's guest speaker. Dula, after graduating from Laurens High School, played four years at Presbyterian College and made their

Touchdown Club recognizes athletes

NEWBERRY — A message of what it takes to be successful not only in football but in life was given to Touchdown Club members and student athletes Monday night at Newberry County Touchdown Club. Coach Shell Dula was NCTDC's guest speaker. Dula, after graduating from Laurens High School, played four years at Presbyterian College and made their

POMARIA — Carolina Pride Pastures in Pomaria will joining Alpaca breeders across the United States and Canada in inviting the public to their farms and ranches to learn more about the inquisitive, unique animals during this year's National Alpaca Farm Days.
Carolina Pride Pastures, located at 1416 S.C. 34, was established in 2013 by owners E

Pomaria couple celebrating Alpaca Farm Days this weekend

POMARIA — Carolina Pride Pastures in Pomaria will joining Alpaca breeders across the United States and Canada in inviting the public to their farms and ranches to learn more about the inquisitive, unique animals during this year's National Alpaca Farm Days. Carolina Pride Pastures, located at 1416 S.C. 34, was established in 2013 by owners E

NEWBERRY — Have old prescriptions laying around your house? If so, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office is offering a solution on Sept. 27.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is partnering with the sheriff's office to conduct the ninth year of the National Project Take-back initiative.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can rid their

Prescription drug take-back this weekend

NEWBERRY — Have old prescriptions laying around your house? If so, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office is offering a solution on Sept. 27. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is partnering with the sheriff's office to conduct the ninth year of the National Project Take-back initiative. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can rid their

NEWBERRY — No injuries have been reported from a fire at Nance Forest Apartments in Newberry Sunday afternoon.
Newberry Fire Department Chief Keith Minick said a call came in at approximately 2:43 p.m. Sunday afternoon for an apartment fire. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered unit 166 to be the location of the fire.
“The fire exten

Nance Forest Apartment fire controlled

NEWBERRY — No injuries have been reported from a fire at Nance Forest Apartments in Newberry Sunday afternoon. Newberry Fire Department Chief Keith Minick said a call came in at approximately 2:43 p.m. Sunday afternoon for an apartment fire. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered unit 166 to be the location of the fire. “The fire exten

NEWBERRY — With a game that looked to be able to go either way, Broome defeated the Newberry Bulldogs at home tonight, 41-27.
Broome started the game with an onside kick and recovered quickly as Desmond Anderson made a 3- yard run for the Centurians, putting the ball inside the 20 yard line.
Omar Sims later completes the one man drive with

Bulldogs fall to Broome, record stands at 3-1

NEWBERRY — With a game that looked to be able to go either way, Broome defeated the Newberry Bulldogs at home tonight, 41-27. Broome started the game with an onside kick and recovered quickly as Desmond Anderson made a 3- yard run for the Centurians, putting the ball inside the 20 yard line. Omar Sims later completes the one man drive with

NEWBERRY — What could have been seen as a tragedy turned into a blessing for Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray after a storm caused a tree to fall onto their building at 1601 Martin St. in Newberry this summer.
Instead of seeing the situation as a step back, executive director Michelle Nicholson saw it as a chance to move forward. That

CPC Lake Murray has new beginning

NEWBERRY — What could have been seen as a tragedy turned into a blessing for Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray after a storm caused a tree to fall onto their building at 1601 Martin St. in Newberry this summer. Instead of seeing the situation as a step back, executive director Michelle Nicholson saw it as a chance to move forward. That

NEWBERRY — Several downtown merchants are already taking advantage of the city of Newberry's downtown facade improvement program.
The city's Architectural Review Board, pending minor changes, approved applications Thursday from Blackmon Jewelry, Carolina Gifts, and the Newberry Arts Center.
This was the first round of applications, accordin

Merchants discuss facade improvements

NEWBERRY — Several downtown merchants are already taking advantage of the city of Newberry's downtown facade improvement program. The city's Architectural Review Board, pending minor changes, approved applications Thursday from Blackmon Jewelry, Carolina Gifts, and the Newberry Arts Center. This was the first round of applications, accordin

NEWBERRY — No final decisions were made following a work session held Tuesday by Newberry City Council. Utility Director Marc Regier said they would reconvene on Oct. 2 as a followup.
According to Regier, council members discussed their Capital Improvement Plan, trying to focus in on the more urgent and pressing items, while cutting out some

City consults financial representatives for credit rating

NEWBERRY — No final decisions were made following a work session held Tuesday by Newberry City Council. Utility Director Marc Regier said they would reconvene on Oct. 2 as a followup. According to Regier, council members discussed their Capital Improvement Plan, trying to focus in on the more urgent and pressing items, while cutting out some

NEWBERRY — The undefeated Newberry High School Bulldogs will take on Broome High School's Centurions at home Friday night with a kickoff of 7:30 p.m. The game is a non-conference game for Newberry.
The Centurians currently have a 3-1 record with wins against Chapman, St. Joseph's Catholic and Chesnee. Their loss was to Woodruff High School.

Bulldogs take on the Centurians

NEWBERRY — The undefeated Newberry High School Bulldogs will take on Broome High School's Centurions at home Friday night with a kickoff of 7:30 p.m. The game is a non-conference game for Newberry. The Centurians currently have a 3-1 record with wins against Chapman, St. Joseph's Catholic and Chesnee. Their loss was to Woodruff High School.

PROSPERITY — It's not too late to make plans to join Wightman United Methodist Church on Sept. 21 in its fight to help the war on hunger.
The church is participating in Stop Hunger Now and a meal packaging event is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the church's Christian Life Center.
Pastor Dean Lollis said the church has set a goal of packaging 50,0

Wightman participating in Stop Hunger Now this Sunday

PROSPERITY — It's not too late to make plans to join Wightman United Methodist Church on Sept. 21 in its fight to help the war on hunger. The church is participating in Stop Hunger Now and a meal packaging event is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the church's Christian Life Center. Pastor Dean Lollis said the church has set a goal of packaging 50,0




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