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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 — Americans who have died in war and Newberry County veterans who have died in the last year were remembered at the Newberry Memorial Day service Sunday at Memorial Park in downtown Newberry.
Guest speaker David Parnell was born in Homestead, Fla., and graduated from South Dade High School in 1966. He entered the U.S. Army, serving

Community pays tribute to veterans

NEWBERRY — Americans who have died in war and Newberry County veterans who have died in the last year were remembered at the Newberry Memorial Day service Sunday at Memorial Park in downtown Newberry. Guest speaker David Parnell was born in Homestead, Fla., and graduated from South Dade High School in 1966. He entered the U.S. Army, serving

NEWBERRY — The city of Newberry honored young people for their academic achievements last week as part of the third annual Academic All-Star Night at the Newberry Opera House.
Students were chosen by making honor roll at their schools for at least half of the year. Mayor Foster Senn said they asked each school to present them with a list of

All-Stars celebrated

NEWBERRY — The city of Newberry honored young people for their academic achievements last week as part of the third annual Academic All-Star Night at the Newberry Opera House. Students were chosen by making honor roll at their schools for at least half of the year. Mayor Foster Senn said they asked each school to present them with a list of

PROSPERITY — Prosperity Town Council unanimously passed the first reading of their 2015-2016 fiscal year budget Tuesday night which included no millage increase.
Mayor Derek Underwood said the proposed budget was $2,551,918 compared to last year's operating budget of $2,456,800. Underwood said overall this showed a 3.9 percent budget change

Prosperity budget passes

PROSPERITY — Prosperity Town Council unanimously passed the first reading of their 2015-2016 fiscal year budget Tuesday night which included no millage increase. Mayor Derek Underwood said the proposed budget was $2,551,918 compared to last year's operating budget of $2,456,800. Underwood said overall this showed a 3.9 percent budget change

PROSPERITY — Having a passion for people and inspiring students to become great musicians is key to how Jed Thomas teaches.
Thomas will leave Mid-Carolina High School as its band director this year after spending 21 years with the school.
As a junior at Newberry High School, Thomas thought he was on the track to be a veterinarian when somet

Leader of the band

PROSPERITY — Having a passion for people and inspiring students to become great musicians is key to how Jed Thomas teaches. Thomas will leave Mid-Carolina High School as its band director this year after spending 21 years with the school. As a junior at Newberry High School, Thomas thought he was on the track to be a veterinarian when somet

PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina High School band students past and present have found it hard to picture the band program without Jed Thomas as director.
Senior Jay Salter said he was shocked with Thomas informed them of his taking a teaching job at Fort Dorchester High School.
“Mr. Thomas has physically become a part of the Mid-Carolina ba

Mid-Carolina band director leaving a legacy

PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina High School band students past and present have found it hard to picture the band program without Jed Thomas as director. Senior Jay Salter said he was shocked with Thomas informed them of his taking a teaching job at Fort Dorchester High School. “Mr. Thomas has physically become a part of the Mid-Carolina ba

NEWBERRY — With the summer upon us and patriotic holidays and events approaching quickly, residents often reflect on displaying the American flag.
While some flags are displayed year-round on boats, at the lake, at residences and businesses, city of Newberry employee Angela Summer noticed that many flags get disposed of improperly.
Summer w

City to help with flag disposal

NEWBERRY — With the summer upon us and patriotic holidays and events approaching quickly, residents often reflect on displaying the American flag. While some flags are displayed year-round on boats, at the lake, at residences and businesses, city of Newberry employee Angela Summer noticed that many flags get disposed of improperly. Summer w

PROSPERITY — What started off rough has turned into a college golf career for Mid-Carolina High School senior Jacob Warren. Warren signed his letter of intent on March 14 to Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina.
Warren, who has been playing golf since the seventh grade, said if he had gotten cut at tryouts, he probably would not have

Warren signs letter of intent for golf

PROSPERITY — What started off rough has turned into a college golf career for Mid-Carolina High School senior Jacob Warren. Warren signed his letter of intent on March 14 to Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. Warren, who has been playing golf since the seventh grade, said if he had gotten cut at tryouts, he probably would not have

NEWBERRY — Name brand products for the prices people need and making a difference in the community are what Jeff Faulkner and Jeff Johnson have set out to do with the opening of Pee Dee Outfitters in Newberry.
The store, located at 2881 Main St. in Newberry, held its ribbon cutting May 14.
Johnson and Faulkner both did work with the former

New business in town

NEWBERRY — Name brand products for the prices people need and making a difference in the community are what Jeff Faulkner and Jeff Johnson have set out to do with the opening of Pee Dee Outfitters in Newberry. The store, located at 2881 Main St. in Newberry, held its ribbon cutting May 14. Johnson and Faulkner both did work with the former

NEWBERRY — The two Newberry teenagers who have been the focus of a nationwide search since they disappeared April 30 are in the custody of the San Diego, Calif., police and should be back home next week.
Jonathan Dale Dennis, 15 and Alysia Margaret Skipper, 16, were reported missing in the early morning hours of April 30. They left in a Humm

From missing to found

NEWBERRY — The two Newberry teenagers who have been the focus of a nationwide search since they disappeared April 30 are in the custody of the San Diego, Calif., police and should be back home next week. Jonathan Dale Dennis, 15 and Alysia Margaret Skipper, 16, were reported missing in the early morning hours of April 30. They left in a Humm

NEWBERRY — Bringing officers into the public to hear their concerns is what Police Chief Dennis Brown said their goal is for the future.
The Newberry City Police Department hosted their second crime watch zone meeting on Thursday May 7. The meeting was held for the West End area of Newberry at West End Baptist Church.
The first meeting, was

Police department extends itself to community

NEWBERRY — Bringing officers into the public to hear their concerns is what Police Chief Dennis Brown said their goal is for the future. The Newberry City Police Department hosted their second crime watch zone meeting on Thursday May 7. The meeting was held for the West End area of Newberry at West End Baptist Church. The first meeting, was

NEWBERRY — Juniors and seniors from Newberry Academy and Newberry High School completed the Junior Leadership Newberry program Tuesday and were honored for their commitment.
The final meeting of the group was held at City Hall with speakers Al Harvy, city manager; Sheriff Lee Foster; and Chad Connelly, with the National Republican party.
Ma

Leadership efforts lauded

NEWBERRY — Juniors and seniors from Newberry Academy and Newberry High School completed the Junior Leadership Newberry program Tuesday and were honored for their commitment. The final meeting of the group was held at City Hall with speakers Al Harvy, city manager; Sheriff Lee Foster; and Chad Connelly, with the National Republican party. Ma

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Town Council passed first reading of the 2015-2016 proposed budgets for the town and for the Whitmire Public Works Department during its meeting Monday night.
Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said the budget is balanced at $627,782 for both revenue and expenditures.
Hollingsworth said he had found a few items that he needed to

Whitmire OKs first reading of proposed budgets

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Town Council passed first reading of the 2015-2016 proposed budgets for the town and for the Whitmire Public Works Department during its meeting Monday night. Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said the budget is balanced at $627,782 for both revenue and expenditures. Hollingsworth said he had found a few items that he needed to

Missing teens found safely

San Diego, CA — Jonathan Dale Dennis, 15 and Alysia Margaret Skipper, 16 were located by officials after a two week search Tuesday in San Diego, California. The two teens were located safely at approximately 6:30 p.m. local time. Both families have been notified. Both Skipper and Dennis have been taken into law enforcement custody. Law enf

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Economic Development Board member Maria McMurtury said they are expecting a large crowd for the second annual Veteran's Salute and antique car show on May 16 on Main Street in Whitmire.
Although last year's event was held later in the summer, McMurtury said they changed the date this year due to a conflicting schedule wit

Veterans to be feted

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Economic Development Board member Maria McMurtury said they are expecting a large crowd for the second annual Veteran's Salute and antique car show on May 16 on Main Street in Whitmire. Although last year's event was held later in the summer, McMurtury said they changed the date this year due to a conflicting schedule wit

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Coalition for Underage Drinking needs the community's help to continue its work and measure progress in Newberry County.
Tom Perry, coalition coordinator for the Newberry County Coalition for Underage Drinking, said their newest two community surveys will continue to help measure the coalition's impact on under

Newberry coalition surveys seek residents input

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Coalition for Underage Drinking needs the community's help to continue its work and measure progress in Newberry County. Tom Perry, coalition coordinator for the Newberry County Coalition for Underage Drinking, said their newest two community surveys will continue to help measure the coalition's impact on under

NEWBERRY — Beyond increases related to rates, Utility Director Marc Regier with the city of Newberry said there are not any major projects in the upcoming 2015-2015 fiscal year's budget.
Regier and City Council met last Wednesday to discuss the ins and outs of next year's proposed budget.
City Manager Al Harvey said the total estimated util

Planning for city utility budget underway

NEWBERRY — Beyond increases related to rates, Utility Director Marc Regier with the city of Newberry said there are not any major projects in the upcoming 2015-2015 fiscal year's budget. Regier and City Council met last Wednesday to discuss the ins and outs of next year's proposed budget. City Manager Al Harvey said the total estimated util

NEWBERRY — Newberry College has broken ground on the Speers Street School Revitalization Project that will repurpose a location that has been a Newberry landmark for more than 100 years.
Newberry College, with support from Newberry residents Mike and Denise Reid, purchased the property in January 2012 with the intent of creating a regional c

Continuing purpose

NEWBERRY — Newberry College has broken ground on the Speers Street School Revitalization Project that will repurpose a location that has been a Newberry landmark for more than 100 years. Newberry College, with support from Newberry residents Mike and Denise Reid, purchased the property in January 2012 with the intent of creating a regional c

PROSPERITY — Missions of love and adopting a Haitian child in 2009 have cemented the connection between Dr. Michael and Karin White and the people of Haiti.
Furthering that connection, Karin and others will continue with their third annual Walk4Missions on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prosperity walking track.
Missions of Love Haiti

Reaching out to Haiti

PROSPERITY — Missions of love and adopting a Haitian child in 2009 have cemented the connection between Dr. Michael and Karin White and the people of Haiti. Furthering that connection, Karin and others will continue with their third annual Walk4Missions on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prosperity walking track. Missions of Love Haiti

Sunday is Mother's Day, but how often do we truly sit back and think about the many sacrifices our mothers or mother-like figures have made for us throughout the course of our lives?
This week I was out covering an event when I noticed a family with four small children. The smallest child became a bit fussy as babies can do from time to time, and

Say a “thank you” to moms

Sunday is Mother's Day, but how often do we truly sit back and think about the many sacrifices our mothers or mother-like figures have made for us throughout the course of our lives? This week I was out covering an event when I noticed a family with four small children. The smallest child became a bit fussy as babies can do from time to time, and

NEWBERRY — The Newberry community came together Thursday to pray for the nation and community as part of the National Day of Prayer. The event was held at Community Hall downtown at both noon and 6 p.m.
National Day of Prayer was proclaimed in 1795 by George Washington. The first call for a national day of prayer was established by the Conti

Community celebrates National Day of Prayer

NEWBERRY — The Newberry community came together Thursday to pray for the nation and community as part of the National Day of Prayer. The event was held at Community Hall downtown at both noon and 6 p.m. National Day of Prayer was proclaimed in 1795 by George Washington. The first call for a national day of prayer was established by the Conti





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