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

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 — 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 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 — 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 — Zebbie Goudelock was unanimously elected as Mayor Pro Tem Tuesday night by City Council. Mayor Foster Senn announced Tuesday that Goudelock had served as the mayor pro tempore and was eligible for reappointment or replacement.
“He's done an outstanding job as mayor pro tem,” Councilman Lemont Glasgow said of Goudelock.

Goudelock elected as Mayor Pro Tem

NEWBERRY — Zebbie Goudelock was unanimously elected as Mayor Pro Tem Tuesday night by City Council. Mayor Foster Senn announced Tuesday that Goudelock had served as the mayor pro tempore and was eligible for reappointment or replacement. “He's done an outstanding job as mayor pro tem,” Councilman Lemont Glasgow said of Goudelock.

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

WHITMIRE — With Christmas fast approaching, the Whitmire Jaycees will again take applications for their Cheer Fund from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Town Hall Annex in Whitmire.
Thursday will mark the second day that the Jaycees have taken applications for the fund, according to President Christianna Gilliam. La

Applications being taken for Whitmire Cheer Fund

WHITMIRE — With Christmas fast approaching, the Whitmire Jaycees will again take applications for their Cheer Fund from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Town Hall Annex in Whitmire. Thursday will mark the second day that the Jaycees have taken applications for the fund, according to President Christianna Gilliam. La

Students at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary were entertained Monday by a performance by the 208th Army Band from Concord, N.C.
Veterans from the Whitmire Community came to the Veterans Day Assembly to be honored.
Dr. Jack Manly was the guest speaker at Whitmire Community School's Veterans Day Assembly.
Children at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary dress

Students join celebration of veterans

Students at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary were entertained Monday by a performance by the 208th Army Band from Concord, N.C. Veterans from the Whitmire Community came to the Veterans Day Assembly to be honored. Dr. Jack Manly was the guest speaker at Whitmire Community School's Veterans Day Assembly. Children at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary dress

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Veterans Day is a time to honor and celebrate the sacrifices our soldiers make for our country, but do we really know the history of how it came to be?
An armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 between the Allied nations and Germany in the Fi

Veterans celebrated

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Veterans Day is a time to honor and celebrate the sacrifices our soldiers make for our country, but do we really know the history of how it came to be? An armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 between the Allied nations and Germany in the Fi

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Economic Development Board already has its eye on 2015, focusing on events for the coming year by identifying advertisers and billboard companies that can help them pull people into Whitmire.
Maria McMurtury told Whitmire Town Council on Monday that the board's marketing is focused on drawing people in.
“We hav

Improvements planned for Whitmire

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Economic Development Board already has its eye on 2015, focusing on events for the coming year by identifying advertisers and billboard companies that can help them pull people into Whitmire. Maria McMurtury told Whitmire Town Council on Monday that the board's marketing is focused on drawing people in. “We hav

NEWBERRY — The community came together for a common purpose Saturday morning when the annual Newberry Veteran's Parade was held on Main Street.
Veterans served as grand marshals and represented each war period, from World War II to today. Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops passed out flags to the community while walking down Main Street.
The J

Veterans honored in Newberry

NEWBERRY — The community came together for a common purpose Saturday morning when the annual Newberry Veteran's Parade was held on Main Street. Veterans served as grand marshals and represented each war period, from World War II to today. Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops passed out flags to the community while walking down Main Street. The J

Bulldogs defeat Indian Land, 52-10

NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Bulldogs win their game against Indian Land tonight comfortably, pulling out a win of 52-10 at Mike Ware field. It was a night of big plays which started early for the Bulldogs. Newberry got the ball first in the playoff match and with just 7:27 left in the first quarter, an Omar Sims touchdown put them on





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