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

Bulldogs defeat Chapin, now 3-0

NEWBERRY — What began as a quick-scoring game remained for a full four quarters as the Newberry High School Bulldogs pulled ahead from the Chapin Eagles to take home a win of 35-26. The Bulldogs now stand with a perfect record of 3-0 in Week 3. Yafari Werts started the momentum early with the first touchdown for the Bulldogs at 36 yards. Soo

NEWBERRY — At least 12 states, including South Carolina, have reported cases of a respiratory illness causing the hospitalization of children.
The illness is a respiratory virus, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), and despite generating hundreds of hospitalizations and headlines, the news about the virus is mostly positive.
“It's not a big dea

News about respiratory illness not all bad

NEWBERRY — At least 12 states, including South Carolina, have reported cases of a respiratory illness causing the hospitalization of children. The illness is a respiratory virus, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), and despite generating hundreds of hospitalizations and headlines, the news about the virus is mostly positive. “It's not a big dea

NEWBERRY — South Carolina is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to be impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, according to South Carolina's Emergency Management Division.
Populated coastal areas, especially during peak tourist seasons, along with the generally low coastal elevations significantly increase the state's vulnera

When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?

NEWBERRY — South Carolina is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to be impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, according to South Carolina's Emergency Management Division. Populated coastal areas, especially during peak tourist seasons, along with the generally low coastal elevations significantly increase the state's vulnera

A player from the Town of Prosperity celebrates as they steal the flag from a Trucast player Tuesday night.
A player from the Zaxby's team runs the ball against opponents, Full Blooded Ryder's MC.
Peewee football teams Colts and Rams fight for the ball at Tuesday night's youth football jamboree.
The Rams' cheerleaders show their team spirit.
Th

Youth football players kick off season in jamboree

A player from the Town of Prosperity celebrates as they steal the flag from a Trucast player Tuesday night. A player from the Zaxby's team runs the ball against opponents, Full Blooded Ryder's MC. Peewee football teams Colts and Rams fight for the ball at Tuesday night's youth football jamboree. The Rams' cheerleaders show their team spirit. Th

NEWBERRY — Cutting out the middle mistakes to move forward is what Coach Phil Strickland says the Bulldogs were working on this week as they prepared for tonight's game against the Chapin High School Eagles in Chapin.
“We've still got a lot of room for improvement,” Strickland said. “We're playing hard, so that's a good thi

Bulldogs headed to Chapin for first away game

NEWBERRY — Cutting out the middle mistakes to move forward is what Coach Phil Strickland says the Bulldogs were working on this week as they prepared for tonight's game against the Chapin High School Eagles in Chapin. “We've still got a lot of room for improvement,” Strickland said. “We're playing hard, so that's a good thi

NEWBERRY — City of Newberry's youth football and cheerleading programs will have a new home come Monday, September 15. The stadium is located at the renovated Kendall Park, located at the corner of Glenn and Milligan Streets.
After the renovation of Vincent Street Park, Kendall park became the next priority on the city's list of park improve

Youth football begins Monday, new field complete

NEWBERRY — City of Newberry's youth football and cheerleading programs will have a new home come Monday, September 15. The stadium is located at the renovated Kendall Park, located at the corner of Glenn and Milligan Streets. After the renovation of Vincent Street Park, Kendall park became the next priority on the city's list of park improve

WHITMIRE — Three grants have been approved for upcoming economic development projects in Whitmire, according to board member Maria Mcmurtury.
Mcmurtury gave Whitmire Town Council an update Monday night at its regular meeting.
Grants received included $1,000 for the group's planning for a Palmetto Trail event in April 2015. Mcmurtury said th

Grants OK'd for economic development projects

WHITMIRE — Three grants have been approved for upcoming economic development projects in Whitmire, according to board member Maria Mcmurtury. Mcmurtury gave Whitmire Town Council an update Monday night at its regular meeting. Grants received included $1,000 for the group's planning for a Palmetto Trail event in April 2015. Mcmurtury said th

WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire has decided to hold its annual Halloween carnival and trick-or-treating event on Nov. 1 rather than Halloween night due to potential conflicts for residents who want to attend Whitmire High School's football game.
Officials said it would be better to hold the event the day after Halloween rather than hold it a

Whitmire council decides against salary increase

WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire has decided to hold its annual Halloween carnival and trick-or-treating event on Nov. 1 rather than Halloween night due to potential conflicts for residents who want to attend Whitmire High School's football game. Officials said it would be better to hold the event the day after Halloween rather than hold it a

NEWBERRY — Newberry residents had the opportunity Sunday to experience what it would be like if a fire started in their home, thanks to a burn demonstration in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College.
The fire safety burn demonstration was part of a Kids Fun Day event held by the Newberry Fire Department.
The demonstration included tw

Fire department Fun Day draws crowd to burn demonstration

NEWBERRY — Newberry residents had the opportunity Sunday to experience what it would be like if a fire started in their home, thanks to a burn demonstration in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College. The fire safety burn demonstration was part of a Kids Fun Day event held by the Newberry Fire Department. The demonstration included tw

NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Bulldogs kept their momentum from last week's win alive tonight as they defeated the Clinton Red Devils 33-12 at home.
Before the Bulldogs took the field, announcers recognized fans from each branch of the military as they held military appreciation night at Mike Ware field.
Chris Wadsworth made the first

Bulldogs defeat Clinton, record stands at 2-0

NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Bulldogs kept their momentum from last week's win alive tonight as they defeated the Clinton Red Devils 33-12 at home. Before the Bulldogs took the field, announcers recognized fans from each branch of the military as they held military appreciation night at Mike Ware field. Chris Wadsworth made the first

NEWBERRY — After scoring the first 21 points of the game Friday night, Newberry High School allowed Clinton to get right back into the contest as the Red Devils scored 12 points in the final 3:45 of the first half to trail by a nine points at the break.
To start the second half, the Bulldogs turned the ball over quickly to Clinton, who seeme

Newberry High improves to 2-0 with win over Clinton

NEWBERRY — After scoring the first 21 points of the game Friday night, Newberry High School allowed Clinton to get right back into the contest as the Red Devils scored 12 points in the final 3:45 of the first half to trail by a nine points at the break. To start the second half, the Bulldogs turned the ball over quickly to Clinton, who seeme

NEWBERRY — Who knew that a simple “break break” could make you more productive throughout the day?
Tricia Ulch, school nurse coordinator for the Newberry County School District, recently introduced local schools to something called the “JAM,” which does just that.
JAM, a free wellness resource for schools, stands for

Have you got a “JAMmin' minute?”

NEWBERRY — Who knew that a simple “break break” could make you more productive throughout the day? Tricia Ulch, school nurse coordinator for the Newberry County School District, recently introduced local schools to something called the “JAM,” which does just that. JAM, a free wellness resource for schools, stands for

UNION COUNTY — The Newberry County Water Rescue Dive Team assisted in recovering the body of a Jonesville man who fell into the Broad River while swimming with some friends on Wednesday afternoon.
The body of Todd Michael Moore, 25, of 2543 Meansville Road in Jonesville, was pulled from water 10 to 12 feet deep around 11 a.m. Thursday, accor

Newberry dive team helps recover Union drowning victim

UNION COUNTY — The Newberry County Water Rescue Dive Team assisted in recovering the body of a Jonesville man who fell into the Broad River while swimming with some friends on Wednesday afternoon. The body of Todd Michael Moore, 25, of 2543 Meansville Road in Jonesville, was pulled from water 10 to 12 feet deep around 11 a.m. Thursday, accor

When someone asks you if you're a “cat person” or a “dog person,” chances are it doesn't take you that long to respond with either or, or neither. Everyone has something they like about one more than the other. Well, for myself, I'm a cat person.
Not that I dislike dogs by any means, but growing up I was slightly afraid of

A tribute to 'Oreo'

When someone asks you if you're a “cat person” or a “dog person,” chances are it doesn't take you that long to respond with either or, or neither. Everyone has something they like about one more than the other. Well, for myself, I'm a cat person. Not that I dislike dogs by any means, but growing up I was slightly afraid of

NEWBERRY — William and Mary Ann Cross were recognized Tuesday night by Newberry City Council for their home being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Crosses notified Mayor Foster Senn that they had received a letter from the Deputy State Historic Preservation Office on Aug. 8 that their home was now listed on the registe

City council OKs hiring of utility consultant

NEWBERRY — William and Mary Ann Cross were recognized Tuesday night by Newberry City Council for their home being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Crosses notified Mayor Foster Senn that they had received a letter from the Deputy State Historic Preservation Office on Aug. 8 that their home was now listed on the registe

Newberry County hosts Ag Expo next weekend

NEWBERRY — The community is gearing up for the sixth annual Ag Expo on Sept. 12 an Sept. 13 at the Newberry County Fairgrounds. The event, previously called the Egg and Dairy Festival as well as Agrifest, is geared to highlight the strong and vital agricultural identity of Newberry County. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday. Since 2009, a committe

NEWBERRY — With a close win such as the one between Newberry High School's Bulldogs and the Union County Yellow Jackets last Friday night, it should not be hard for the team to keep its momentum going.
The Bulldogs take on the Clinton Red Devils Friday night at home with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m.
Although the Bulldogs came out on top agai

Bulldogs have game plan in place to take on Red Devils

NEWBERRY — With a close win such as the one between Newberry High School's Bulldogs and the Union County Yellow Jackets last Friday night, it should not be hard for the team to keep its momentum going. The Bulldogs take on the Clinton Red Devils Friday night at home with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m. Although the Bulldogs came out on top agai

NEWBERRY — The Newberry City Fire Department is combining fun and education to bring families together this weekend at its annual Kids Fun Day event.
The event will be held Sept. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College (PTC) in Newberry.
The fire department has been hosting the event for over 25 years, accor

Newberry FD hosting Fun Day, burn demonstration

NEWBERRY — The Newberry City Fire Department is combining fun and education to bring families together this weekend at its annual Kids Fun Day event. The event will be held Sept. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College (PTC) in Newberry. The fire department has been hosting the event for over 25 years, accor

NEWBERRY — Coming off the success of last year's downtown facade improvement program, the city of Newberry will continue the grant program this year, according to Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt.
DeWitt said a total of 20 downtown businesses took part in the program last year, with 20 projects and a total of $147,000 in grant applications

Another opportunity for downtown merchants

NEWBERRY — Coming off the success of last year's downtown facade improvement program, the city of Newberry will continue the grant program this year, according to Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt. DeWitt said a total of 20 downtown businesses took part in the program last year, with 20 projects and a total of $147,000 in grant applications

UNION COUNTY — A close game in Newberry ended in a last-minute loss for Union County.
The Yellow Jackets are now 1-1 after going on the road to Newberry on Friday. Coming off a win at home over Gaffney, the team's first away game of the season was lost in the final seconds of the game.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, and the first

Yellow Jackets suffer last minute defeat

UNION COUNTY — A close game in Newberry ended in a last-minute loss for Union County. The Yellow Jackets are now 1-1 after going on the road to Newberry on Friday. Coming off a win at home over Gaffney, the team's first away game of the season was lost in the final seconds of the game. Neither team scored in the first quarter, and the first




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