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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

Never been more sure!

I had the opportunity Monday to visit my alma mater to interview a mother and daughter who happen to both be attending Newberry College together this year. As I sat on campus surrounded by the beautiful trees in full bloom of Spring, I couldn't help but travel back down memory lane to the choices that led me to Newberry College and ultimately into

Community wellness is main goal at hospital

NEWBERRY — Encouraging healthy living and community wellness, the Newberry County Memorial Hospital is holding their eleventh annual Wellness Weekend this weekend at the hospital's front parking lot. The event kicks off on April 3 with a community Hop into Wellness health screening event at the Wellness Center, 2669 Kinard Street in Newberry

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting another Young Professionals Social on March 31 in an effort to provide an outlet for people within the same age group and with similar interests.
The social will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Half Full Coffee and Wine, 1402 Main St. in Newberry.
The first Young Professional

Young professionals unite

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting another Young Professionals Social on March 31 in an effort to provide an outlet for people within the same age group and with similar interests. The social will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Half Full Coffee and Wine, 1402 Main St. in Newberry. The first Young Professional

Hospital has second consecutive strong month

NEWBERRY — March is shaping up to be the busiest month in the Emergency Room at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, according to Bob Hetrick, member of the finance and compliance committee. “We're averaging 67 (people) per day,” Hetrick told NCMH board of trustees members Tuesday night. Hetrick said that February was also a stron

NEWBERRY — Keeping safety close to home, Newberry Electric Cooperative has recorded more than 2,300 incident-free work days through the help of subcontractors.
Jason Merchant, vice president of engineering and operations with Newberry Electric Cooperative, said a lot of criteria goes into ensuring their guys are safe on the job. Newberry Ele

Safety is always first

NEWBERRY — Keeping safety close to home, Newberry Electric Cooperative has recorded more than 2,300 incident-free work days through the help of subcontractors. Jason Merchant, vice president of engineering and operations with Newberry Electric Cooperative, said a lot of criteria goes into ensuring their guys are safe on the job. Newberry Ele

NEWBERRY COUNTY — The Career Technology Center can now add another level of hands-on experience to train young adults to become active members of the fire service thanks to a grant through the South Carolina State Firefighters Association.
The $7,500 grant will be used for new gear, several computers, training props and other needs according

CTC gets $7,500 grant

NEWBERRY COUNTY — The Career Technology Center can now add another level of hands-on experience to train young adults to become active members of the fire service thanks to a grant through the South Carolina State Firefighters Association. The $7,500 grant will be used for new gear, several computers, training props and other needs according

NEWBERRY — Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than one year old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Child safety seats are also proven to reduce fatal injury by 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4) in passenger cars.
For i

Check your safety seats

NEWBERRY — Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than one year old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Child safety seats are also proven to reduce fatal injury by 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4) in passenger cars. For i

PROSPERITY — Prosperity Town Council unanimously passed second reading of an ordinance that will allow the keeping of horses on Tuesday. The ordinance also establishes rules for residents who keep horses on their property.
According to the ordinance, Chapter 92 of the Prosperity Town Code is set to be revised and new provisions added to allo

Horse ordinance passes

PROSPERITY — Prosperity Town Council unanimously passed second reading of an ordinance that will allow the keeping of horses on Tuesday. The ordinance also establishes rules for residents who keep horses on their property. According to the ordinance, Chapter 92 of the Prosperity Town Code is set to be revised and new provisions added to allo

WHITMIRE — The Forest Service is asking for public input on a new management plan for the Delta South Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Union County.
This unique 2,174-acre area includes 1,314 acres acquired by the Sumter National Forest from a private land owner in 2014. Formerly known as the Delta tract, this property, combined wit

Forest Service seeks comments on new WMA

WHITMIRE — The Forest Service is asking for public input on a new management plan for the Delta South Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Union County. This unique 2,174-acre area includes 1,314 acres acquired by the Sumter National Forest from a private land owner in 2014. Formerly known as the Delta tract, this property, combined wit

WHITMIRE — Strength in numbers. That was the overall theme of a community crime watch meeting Monday night at the Whitmire Community Center.
Representatives from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office spoke on several topics to inform the Whitmire community ways they could protect themselves, their homes and community.
Captain Robert Dennis s

On the watch for crime

WHITMIRE — Strength in numbers. That was the overall theme of a community crime watch meeting Monday night at the Whitmire Community Center. Representatives from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office spoke on several topics to inform the Whitmire community ways they could protect themselves, their homes and community. Captain Robert Dennis s

NEWBERRY — Newberry County born and raised, Sergeant Allison Moore with the Newberry Police Department has law enforcement in her bones.
“Growing up, I guess always wanted to do this,” Moore said about her line of work.
Although Moore lived in Newberry County, she attended school in Clinton because she was the same distance from

Moore “wired” for the job

NEWBERRY — Newberry County born and raised, Sergeant Allison Moore with the Newberry Police Department has law enforcement in her bones. “Growing up, I guess always wanted to do this,” Moore said about her line of work. Although Moore lived in Newberry County, she attended school in Clinton because she was the same distance from

NEWBERRY — Grab those running shoes, Newberry! The second annual Half Marathon to benefit Boys Farm takes place Saturday at Newberry High School, rain or shine.
Mark Baumgartner said they had about 300 to participate last year in the 13-mile run, with most finishing. A 5K was added to this year's event in case participants didn't want to run

Lace up those running shoes — it's time to race

NEWBERRY — Grab those running shoes, Newberry! The second annual Half Marathon to benefit Boys Farm takes place Saturday at Newberry High School, rain or shine. Mark Baumgartner said they had about 300 to participate last year in the 13-mile run, with most finishing. A 5K was added to this year's event in case participants didn't want to run

Carla Taylor and Mayor Billy Hollingsworth serve punch Sunday at the Whitmire Town Hall Annex Open House.
Whitmire community members helped themselves to punch and cookies Saturday during their Town Hall Annex Open House.
Whitmire's Town Hall Annex was put on display Sunday afternoon during an Open House open to the community.
Whitmire's Town Ha

Whitmire Town Hall Annex officially holds open house

Carla Taylor and Mayor Billy Hollingsworth serve punch Sunday at the Whitmire Town Hall Annex Open House. Whitmire community members helped themselves to punch and cookies Saturday during their Town Hall Annex Open House. Whitmire's Town Hall Annex was put on display Sunday afternoon during an Open House open to the community. Whitmire's Town Ha

POMARIA — The memory of teenager LaQuan A. Parker Jr. was honored on Saturday at the Hope School Community Center in Pomaria with the dedication of a basketball court at 1917 Hope Station Road in Pomaria.
Born in Columbia, Parker — known as L.J. — was the son of LaQuan Parker Sr. and Felicia Hall Blake. He was a 2013 graduate of

Youth's memory lives on

POMARIA — The memory of teenager LaQuan A. Parker Jr. was honored on Saturday at the Hope School Community Center in Pomaria with the dedication of a basketball court at 1917 Hope Station Road in Pomaria. Born in Columbia, Parker — known as L.J. — was the son of LaQuan Parker Sr. and Felicia Hall Blake. He was a 2013 graduate of

NEWBERRY — Abby Carter is this year's 2015 Ambassador for the March of Dimes and on Tuesday night, Mayor Foster Senn and Newberry City Council recognized her and her family.
Carter, 8, is the daughter of Newberry Police Sgt. Chris Carter and Karen Carter. She was born Oct. 15, 2006, at 36 weeks gestation.
“With no complications expect

Ambassador recognized

NEWBERRY — Abby Carter is this year's 2015 Ambassador for the March of Dimes and on Tuesday night, Mayor Foster Senn and Newberry City Council recognized her and her family. Carter, 8, is the daughter of Newberry Police Sgt. Chris Carter and Karen Carter. She was born Oct. 15, 2006, at 36 weeks gestation. “With no complications expect

PROSPERITY — Bringing what she hopes will be eccentricity and fun to the town of Prosperity, Gina Kirkland officially opened her new restaurant, Gina Marie's Café, on Saturday next to Bi-Lo in Prosperity.
Kirkland, born and raised in Newberry, lived in the area until she was 18 then left the area for 20 years before coming back last Aug

Unique take on food

PROSPERITY — Bringing what she hopes will be eccentricity and fun to the town of Prosperity, Gina Kirkland officially opened her new restaurant, Gina Marie's Café, on Saturday next to Bi-Lo in Prosperity. Kirkland, born and raised in Newberry, lived in the area until she was 18 then left the area for 20 years before coming back last Aug

WHITMIRE — The Town of Whitmire is moving forward with buying a one-sided electronic sign for $6,900.
Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said Monday the price included a laptop that was independent for that sign.
“You can change it hour by hour or unit by unit anytime you want to put something on it,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth a

Whitmire moves on sign

WHITMIRE — The Town of Whitmire is moving forward with buying a one-sided electronic sign for $6,900. Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said Monday the price included a laptop that was independent for that sign. “You can change it hour by hour or unit by unit anytime you want to put something on it,” Hollingsworth said. Hollingsworth a

4-H is not just for youth

NEWBERRY — Newberry County 4-H is not just for youth, according to Alana West, Newberry County 4-H Agent. West said she is excited that 4-H is now offering an adult crocheting class for beginners. Starting on April 13, adults who want to learn how to crochet, but are not very familiar with it have the opportunity to join others with similar

NEWBERRY — Newberry County 4-Hers look out! Many activities are planned for the upcoming summer months according to Alana West, Newberry County 4-H Agent.
West encourages youth to get involved with 4-H programs and activities because of her own life experiences. Growing up, West said she didn't realize all of the opportunities 4-H provided,

Fun for 4-H planned for summer

NEWBERRY — Newberry County 4-Hers look out! Many activities are planned for the upcoming summer months according to Alana West, Newberry County 4-H Agent. West encourages youth to get involved with 4-H programs and activities because of her own life experiences. Growing up, West said she didn't realize all of the opportunities 4-H provided,

NEWBERRY — Get your green ready! The city of Newberry will hold its Irish Fling on Friday in downtown Newberry.
Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the city of Newberry, said events will last from 5 p.m. until.
Kopp said those coming for the festivities should stop by Astwood Park first at the event's ID station. The official

Get your Irish on!

NEWBERRY — Get your green ready! The city of Newberry will hold its Irish Fling on Friday in downtown Newberry. Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the city of Newberry, said events will last from 5 p.m. until. Kopp said those coming for the festivities should stop by Astwood Park first at the event's ID station. The official





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