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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

NEWBERRY — K-9 Percy, one of the newest members of the Newberry Police Department, has definitely proven his worth since beginning work on Oct. 31.
Police Chief Dennis Brown told Newberry City Council on Oct. 14 that Percy, a German Short-haired Pointer, was being trained as the department's new resource to detect, seize and deter illegal na

Percy joins NPD

NEWBERRY — K-9 Percy, one of the newest members of the Newberry Police Department, has definitely proven his worth since beginning work on Oct. 31. Police Chief Dennis Brown told Newberry City Council on Oct. 14 that Percy, a German Short-haired Pointer, was being trained as the department's new resource to detect, seize and deter illegal na

NCMH board discusses improvements

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Memorial Hospital CEO Bruce Baldwin told the board of trustees in his CEO report that he was impressed with the quality of employees working there. Baldwin said NCMH has opportunities for improvement as it continues to emphasize the importance of customer service to employees. The hospital plans to run an employee

LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group has set up its headquarters in the old EMT Building in Little Mountain, a move members hope will add to the ranks of its members.
Bill Weathersbee, past president of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group (DFARG), spoke on behalf of the group at the Newberry County Governmental Association mee

Ham group moves its base

LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group has set up its headquarters in the old EMT Building in Little Mountain, a move members hope will add to the ranks of its members. Bill Weathersbee, past president of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group (DFARG), spoke on behalf of the group at the Newberry County Governmental Association mee

Police searching for suspect in holdup

NEWBERRY — Local police are actively searching for a man who robbed an individual at gunpoint early Sunday morning. Capt. Roy McClurkin of the Newberry Police Department said the incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. at Burger King on Main Street in Newberry. The restaurant manager told police he had walked outside after closing the restauran

NEWBERRY — Do you know the numbers essential to healthy living? Trinity United Methodist Church in Newberry, along with Self Regional Healthcare, want to educate the community with free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31.
The screenings will be held at Trinity UMC, 1160 Trinity Church Road in Newberry. The Self Regional Health

Trinity UMC hosting health fair on Saturday

NEWBERRY — Do you know the numbers essential to healthy living? Trinity United Methodist Church in Newberry, along with Self Regional Healthcare, want to educate the community with free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31. The screenings will be held at Trinity UMC, 1160 Trinity Church Road in Newberry. The Self Regional Health

NEWBERRY — Downtown Newberry's wayfinding signage is complete, according to Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt.
The original target date for the completion of the project was set for Aug. 29, 2014, but the project fell behind. DeWitt said the project took so long to implement because public feedback sessions had to be incorporated into the d

Find your own way

NEWBERRY — Downtown Newberry's wayfinding signage is complete, according to Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt. The original target date for the completion of the project was set for Aug. 29, 2014, but the project fell behind. DeWitt said the project took so long to implement because public feedback sessions had to be incorporated into the d

NEWBERRY — Get your tastebuds ready, Newberry! The city of Newberry's second annual Healthy Chili Cook-off is Jan. 31 in Memorial Park.
Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the City of Newberry, said the city is working again with Eat Smart Move More in Newberry to promote healthy living, lifestyles and exercise.
The combined

Tastebuds at the ready

NEWBERRY — Get your tastebuds ready, Newberry! The city of Newberry's second annual Healthy Chili Cook-off is Jan. 31 in Memorial Park. Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the City of Newberry, said the city is working again with Eat Smart Move More in Newberry to promote healthy living, lifestyles and exercise. The combined

WHITMIRE — The Enoree Ranger District office in Whitmire has received a face-lift in an effort to better serve the community, according to District Ranger Beth LeMaster.
Located within Sumter National Forest, LeMaster said Enoree is just one of three districts located in the area and that the 175,000 acres spans five counties — primari

Ranger station upgraded

WHITMIRE — The Enoree Ranger District office in Whitmire has received a face-lift in an effort to better serve the community, according to District Ranger Beth LeMaster. Located within Sumter National Forest, LeMaster said Enoree is just one of three districts located in the area and that the 175,000 acres spans five counties — primari

NEWBERRY — Breanna Naranjo, a senior at Newberry College, joined The Newberry Observer this week as an intern while she completes her final semester of college.
Naranjo, 21, is from Oxnard, Calif., a city of about 110,000 located between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Growing up, Naranjo said she always enjoyed playing sports and being outs

California dreaming

NEWBERRY — Breanna Naranjo, a senior at Newberry College, joined The Newberry Observer this week as an intern while she completes her final semester of college. Naranjo, 21, is from Oxnard, Calif., a city of about 110,000 located between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Growing up, Naranjo said she always enjoyed playing sports and being outs

NEWBERRY — Keith Minick, chief of the Newberry Fire Department, said there are two different smoke detector technologies Newberry citizens can utilize in their homes.
“You can purchase them with dual sensors such as ionization, photoelectric or CO,” Minick said.
The two most commonly recognized smoke detection technologies are i

Smoke detectors come with varying technologies

NEWBERRY — Keith Minick, chief of the Newberry Fire Department, said there are two different smoke detector technologies Newberry citizens can utilize in their homes. “You can purchase them with dual sensors such as ionization, photoelectric or CO,” Minick said. The two most commonly recognized smoke detection technologies are i

NEWBERRY — Local artisans can find refuge in Tears of Joy, a new store in downtown Newberry that specializes in helping local artists display and sell their work.
Owner Lori Pouliot said they officially opened their doors Dec. 20 at 1309-A Main St. All items in the store are sold on a consignment basis, she said.
“We give them 100 per

Calling all crafters

NEWBERRY — Local artisans can find refuge in Tears of Joy, a new store in downtown Newberry that specializes in helping local artists display and sell their work. Owner Lori Pouliot said they officially opened their doors Dec. 20 at 1309-A Main St. All items in the store are sold on a consignment basis, she said. “We give them 100 per

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — With the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year's resolutions and while they can be good for you, they can also be unhealthy.
An article published by The Washington Post, showed research that 77 percent of those who make resolutions typically keep their commitments continuously for one week but after one or two

New year, new you? Make those resolutions count

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — With the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year's resolutions and while they can be good for you, they can also be unhealthy. An article published by The Washington Post, showed research that 77 percent of those who make resolutions typically keep their commitments continuously for one week but after one or two

NEWBERRY — A poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling shows that four of five people admit that their personal finances keep them awake at night.
The Newberry County Literacy Council has partnered with The Cooperative Ministry and the Newberry County Library to work with the community to shrink that number.
The Cooper

Workshop designed to help us deal with bills

NEWBERRY — A poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling shows that four of five people admit that their personal finances keep them awake at night. The Newberry County Literacy Council has partnered with The Cooperative Ministry and the Newberry County Library to work with the community to shrink that number. The Cooper

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Heating equipment can be one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months, officials say.
On average fire departments in the United States respond to more than 53,600 home structure fires that involve heating equipment each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Of those fires, there a

Alternative heat sources can cause home fires

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Heating equipment can be one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months, officials say. On average fire departments in the United States respond to more than 53,600 home structure fires that involve heating equipment each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Of those fires, there a

NEWBERRY — Dell Rowe was recognized by Newberry City Council on Tuesday night for his 10 years of service with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Rowe began working for the city Dec. 20, 2004, and currently holds the position of Maintenance Worker.
“We hope you'll be around for another 10 years,” City Manager Al Harve

Budget workshops set

NEWBERRY — Dell Rowe was recognized by Newberry City Council on Tuesday night for his 10 years of service with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Rowe began working for the city Dec. 20, 2004, and currently holds the position of Maintenance Worker. “We hope you'll be around for another 10 years,” City Manager Al Harve

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Mayor Billy Hollingsworth announced Monday night that the town would be eliminating the Recreation Director position effective Feb. 27.
“We are in a losing proposition in recreation financially,” Hollingsworth said. “Our recreation program won't suffer at all. This is strictly a financial decision.”

Rec position gets axed

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Mayor Billy Hollingsworth announced Monday night that the town would be eliminating the Recreation Director position effective Feb. 27. “We are in a losing proposition in recreation financially,” Hollingsworth said. “Our recreation program won't suffer at all. This is strictly a financial decision.”

NEWBERRY — Grab your movie candy and don't forget your popcorn, Newberry! The city of Newberry is hosting the first of three winter family movie nights at 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Newberry Opera House.
Scott Sawyer, director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for the city, said Dolphin Tale 2 is being shown on a Saturday because it was the

First movie night is Saturday

NEWBERRY — Grab your movie candy and don't forget your popcorn, Newberry! The city of Newberry is hosting the first of three winter family movie nights at 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Newberry Opera House. Scott Sawyer, director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for the city, said Dolphin Tale 2 is being shown on a Saturday because it was the

NEWBERRY — Are you single and outgoing? Well, there might be a show for you.
Producers Craig D'Entrone and Kathleen Sedita were in Newberry on Jan. 8 looking for people for a show that Country Music Television is currently developing about being single in a small town.
“Newberry is a little too big, but we wanted to come here because

Looking for love …

NEWBERRY — Are you single and outgoing? Well, there might be a show for you. Producers Craig D'Entrone and Kathleen Sedita were in Newberry on Jan. 8 looking for people for a show that Country Music Television is currently developing about being single in a small town. “Newberry is a little too big, but we wanted to come here because

NEWBERRY — With the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year's resolutions and while they can be good for you, they can also be unhealthy.
An article published by The Washington Post, showed research that 77 percent of those who make resolutions typically keep their commitments continuously for one week but after one or two weeks, t

New year, new you? Make those resolutions count

NEWBERRY — With the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year's resolutions and while they can be good for you, they can also be unhealthy. An article published by The Washington Post, showed research that 77 percent of those who make resolutions typically keep their commitments continuously for one week but after one or two weeks, t

NEWBERRY — After 36 years of working side by side, Bette Brannon and Tina Wicker retired from working with the City of Newberry on Jan. 2.
Brannon retired from the position of Senior Administrative Assistant, and Wicker from Human Resources Director, Risk Management Coordinator and Municipal Clerk.
Wicker said the two have worked closely to

From employee to retiree

NEWBERRY — After 36 years of working side by side, Bette Brannon and Tina Wicker retired from working with the City of Newberry on Jan. 2. Brannon retired from the position of Senior Administrative Assistant, and Wicker from Human Resources Director, Risk Management Coordinator and Municipal Clerk. Wicker said the two have worked closely to





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