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

Where did “Black Friday” begin?

NEWBERRY — Black Friday. Some might see it as any other day, while others might spend time searching for the best deals to get a jump on Christmas shopping, but do you know the history behind it? According to blackfriday.com, the term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. &#

COLUMBIA — Head coaches Phil Strickland of Newberry High School and Jackie Hayes of Dillon High School discussed the big championship game Monday morning in Columbia at the South Carolina High School League office.
Newberry travels to River Bluff High School on Friday afternoon for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off against Dillon. Dillon High School is t

Newberry, Dillon coaches prep players for championship title

COLUMBIA — Head coaches Phil Strickland of Newberry High School and Jackie Hayes of Dillon High School discussed the big championship game Monday morning in Columbia at the South Carolina High School League office. Newberry travels to River Bluff High School on Friday afternoon for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off against Dillon. Dillon High School is t

NEWBERRY — Newberry City Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing a lease-purchase agreement with BB&T Bank to buy a fire truck to replace a 1991 pumper currently in use.
While second reading was passed to purchase the fire truck earlier this month, the original lease-purchase agreement was to be with TD Bank.
Mayor Fost

Council changes lease-purchase agreement for fire engine

NEWBERRY — Newberry City Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing a lease-purchase agreement with BB&T Bank to buy a fire truck to replace a 1991 pumper currently in use. While second reading was passed to purchase the fire truck earlier this month, the original lease-purchase agreement was to be with TD Bank. Mayor Fost

NEWBERRY — A 12-year losing streak to Fairfield Central ended Friday night with Newberry High School coming out on top with a final score of 16-3 to claim the title of Division 1-AA upper state champions.
The week before, the Bulldogs ended a 39-year losing streak against Woodruff High School.
The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 Friday before coming o

NHS is championship bound

NEWBERRY — A 12-year losing streak to Fairfield Central ended Friday night with Newberry High School coming out on top with a final score of 16-3 to claim the title of Division 1-AA upper state champions. The week before, the Bulldogs ended a 39-year losing streak against Woodruff High School. The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 Friday before coming o

Chris Carter was sworn into his new position of Patrol Sergeant last Tuesday during the city police department's promotion ceremony.
Mike Hawkins' wife pins on his insignia during the city's promotional ceremony for their officers.
Police Chief Dennis Brown swears in officer Randy Malloy last week during the department's promotional ceremony. Mal

City officers receive promotions

Chris Carter was sworn into his new position of Patrol Sergeant last Tuesday during the city police department's promotion ceremony. Mike Hawkins' wife pins on his insignia during the city's promotional ceremony for their officers. Police Chief Dennis Brown swears in officer Randy Malloy last week during the department's promotional ceremony. Mal

NEWBERRY — The Newberry City Police Department held a promotional ceremony last Tuesday to honor five of its officers.
Roy McClurkin, who came to the department in 1983, was promoted to Captain, while Randy Malloy was promoted to Lieutenant. Malloy came to the police department in 2004.
Both Mike Hawkins and Chris Carter were promoted to Pa

Promotions honor 5

NEWBERRY — The Newberry City Police Department held a promotional ceremony last Tuesday to honor five of its officers. Roy McClurkin, who came to the department in 1983, was promoted to Captain, while Randy Malloy was promoted to Lieutenant. Malloy came to the police department in 2004. Both Mike Hawkins and Chris Carter were promoted to Pa

NEWBERRY — From placing decorations to laborious endeavors, the city of Newberry's Public Works and Utilities Departments do many things behind the scenes to ensure that things run smoothly, while always keeping the safety of residents in mind.
Most recently, one of the larger projects the department was part of was the facade improvements i

Behind the scenes of public works department

NEWBERRY — From placing decorations to laborious endeavors, the city of Newberry's Public Works and Utilities Departments do many things behind the scenes to ensure that things run smoothly, while always keeping the safety of residents in mind. Most recently, one of the larger projects the department was part of was the facade improvements i

Merchants seek approval for facades

NEWBERRY — More downtown merchants have approached the city of Newberry's Architectural Review Board for facade improvement approvals to their locations as part of the city's downtown facade improvement program. Michelle Nicholson, executive director of CPC Lake Murray at 1510 Main St., sought approval from the ARB for a sandwich board sign

I've said this many times: I'm a planner. Perhaps this is to remind myself I need to be more laid back when it comes to certain aspects of life, but maybe I should just embrace the fact that I like to plan out everything; and in those rare circumstances when I can just “let go,” it's just a pleasant surprise to myself and those around m

Enjoy your 'seasons' while you have the chance

I've said this many times: I'm a planner. Perhaps this is to remind myself I need to be more laid back when it comes to certain aspects of life, but maybe I should just embrace the fact that I like to plan out everything; and in those rare circumstances when I can just “let go,” it's just a pleasant surprise to myself and those around m

NEWBERRY — The head coaches for Newberry High School and Fairfield Central High School both believe it will be no easy task to walk away with the win when the Bulldogs travel to Winnsboro for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Newberry Head Coach Phil Strickland said Fairfield is a “mighty fine” team. The first meeting between the teams earlie

Newberry, Fairfield coaches discuss the big game

NEWBERRY — The head coaches for Newberry High School and Fairfield Central High School both believe it will be no easy task to walk away with the win when the Bulldogs travel to Winnsboro for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Newberry Head Coach Phil Strickland said Fairfield is a “mighty fine” team. The first meeting between the teams earlie

PROSPERITY — Prosperity Mayor Derek Underwood spoke to council Tuesday night about complaints he has received about horses on town sidewalks.
“They're leaving a mess and obstructing pedestrians,” Underwood said of some of the complaints.
Underwood said there is nothing in the town's ordinances that addresses those issues, but ad

Prosperity horse issue aired

PROSPERITY — Prosperity Mayor Derek Underwood spoke to council Tuesday night about complaints he has received about horses on town sidewalks. “They're leaving a mess and obstructing pedestrians,” Underwood said of some of the complaints. Underwood said there is nothing in the town's ordinances that addresses those issues, but ad

NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry Planning Commission reviewed an ordinance Monday pertaining to obsolete and abandoned signs within the city limits.
Obsolete and abandoned signs refers to any sign that advertises or pertains to a business, product, service, event, activity or purpose which is no longer conducted or publicly available, or whic

Abandoned, obsolete signs under city scrutiny

NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry Planning Commission reviewed an ordinance Monday pertaining to obsolete and abandoned signs within the city limits. Obsolete and abandoned signs refers to any sign that advertises or pertains to a business, product, service, event, activity or purpose which is no longer conducted or publicly available, or whic

NEWBERRY — Giving individuals and their families the true compassion, caring and support they deserve is the main goal of Hospice Care of Tri-County.
Sheila Chariker with Tri County Home Health in Newberry was the guest speaker at Tuesday morning's Newberry County Chamber of Commerce's quarterly breakfast.
Hospice Care of Tri-County is loca

Hospice myths addressed

NEWBERRY — Giving individuals and their families the true compassion, caring and support they deserve is the main goal of Hospice Care of Tri-County. Sheila Chariker with Tri County Home Health in Newberry was the guest speaker at Tuesday morning's Newberry County Chamber of Commerce's quarterly breakfast. Hospice Care of Tri-County is loca

NEWBERRY — The city of Newberry will spend nearly $200,000 for the purchase of a Tymco Sweeper to replace a street sweeper no longer in service.
City Manager Al Harvey said the city's Public Works director and other staff looked at three vehicles by vendor for the replacement sweeper. One vendor failed to submit a bid, Harvey said.
The lowe

City Council OKs new street sweeper purchase

NEWBERRY — The city of Newberry will spend nearly $200,000 for the purchase of a Tymco Sweeper to replace a street sweeper no longer in service. City Manager Al Harvey said the city's Public Works director and other staff looked at three vehicles by vendor for the replacement sweeper. One vendor failed to submit a bid, Harvey said. The lowe

NEWBERRY — Throughout the past few weeks downtown Newberry has slowly transformed into a sight of Christmas, with the community Christmas tree delivered last week in front of Community Hall.
On Friday, the city of Newberry will hold its annual community Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. in front of Community Hall.
Prior to the tree lighting

Snow in Newberry? Yep!

NEWBERRY — Throughout the past few weeks downtown Newberry has slowly transformed into a sight of Christmas, with the community Christmas tree delivered last week in front of Community Hall. On Friday, the city of Newberry will hold its annual community Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. in front of Community Hall. Prior to the tree lighting

NEWBERRY — Since opening its doors in February, Sonic of Newberry is leading the company in sales, according to owner Mac Bell.
“It's gotten Newberry some exposure nationally,” Bell said.
Bell said those who visit their location from out of the state are amazed at the indoor dining.
“I'm thankful for this opportunity,R

New Sonic dining a hit with patrons

NEWBERRY — Since opening its doors in February, Sonic of Newberry is leading the company in sales, according to owner Mac Bell. “It's gotten Newberry some exposure nationally,” Bell said. Bell said those who visit their location from out of the state are amazed at the indoor dining. “I'm thankful for this opportunity,R

NEWBERRY — A young man in his early twenties had his life changed forever seven years ago, when the young farmer was working in his field and stepped on a 40 year old landmine and it exploded in his face, leaving him without an eye, and terribly scarred.
The same young man's life was changed for the better with the help of Vets With A Missio

A passion to serve

NEWBERRY — A young man in his early twenties had his life changed forever seven years ago, when the young farmer was working in his field and stepped on a 40 year old landmine and it exploded in his face, leaving him without an eye, and terribly scarred. The same young man's life was changed for the better with the help of Vets With A Missio

NEWBERRY — Newberry Academy is offering a new program that Headmaster Brian Fitzgerald feels will be instrumental in helping many students learn.
The Discovery program was introduced this year and many students have found success with it, according to Fitzgerald and staff.
Jeannie Moody, educational therapist and coordinator with the Discov

Avenue to succeed

NEWBERRY — Newberry Academy is offering a new program that Headmaster Brian Fitzgerald feels will be instrumental in helping many students learn. The Discovery program was introduced this year and many students have found success with it, according to Fitzgerald and staff. Jeannie Moody, educational therapist and coordinator with the Discov

WOODRUFF — Newberry High School will hit the road tonight as they head to Woodruff High School for the second round of playoffs with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs, with an overall record of 9-2 and region record of 5-1, are evenly matched with the Wolverines with their record of 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the region, according to Hea

Bulldogs head into second round of playoffs

WOODRUFF — Newberry High School will hit the road tonight as they head to Woodruff High School for the second round of playoffs with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs, with an overall record of 9-2 and region record of 5-1, are evenly matched with the Wolverines with their record of 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the region, according to Hea

NEWBERRY — A young man in his early twenties had his life changed forever seven years ago, when the young farmer was working in his field and stepped on a 40 year old landmine and it exploded in his face, leaving him without an eye, and terribly scarred.
The same young man's life was changed for the better with the help of Vets With A Missio

A passion to serve

NEWBERRY — A young man in his early twenties had his life changed forever seven years ago, when the young farmer was working in his field and stepped on a 40 year old landmine and it exploded in his face, leaving him without an eye, and terribly scarred. The same young man's life was changed for the better with the help of Vets With A Missio





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