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Derik Vanderford

Position: Staff Writer
E-Mail Address: dvanderford@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 864-427-1234


About Derik Vanderford

Derik Vanderford is a staff writer who covers Union County sports, USC Union, Union County School Board, general news and features about local clubs, churches and other organizations. He can be reached at 864-427-1234, extension 1955, or by email at dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Latest Stories by Derik Vanderford

LOCKHART — Concerned citizens of Lockhart and the surrounding area had questions for representatives DHEC and the EPA regarding harmful smoke from an ongoing landfill fire across the Chester County line.
Lockhart Power hosted a meeting with representatives from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) and the U.S.

Residents want answers

LOCKHART — Concerned citizens of Lockhart and the surrounding area had questions for representatives DHEC and the EPA regarding harmful smoke from an ongoing landfill fire across the Chester County line. Lockhart Power hosted a meeting with representatives from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) and the U.S.

UNION — Union City Council passed readings of two ordinances, approved three resolutions, and awarded two work bids during a meeting which followed a budget work session.
The city council held a budget work session Tuesday, which was immediately followed by a regular meeting. During the work session, City of Union Finance Director Walker Gal

City has $555,870 deficit

UNION — Union City Council passed readings of two ordinances, approved three resolutions, and awarded two work bids during a meeting which followed a budget work session. The city council held a budget work session Tuesday, which was immediately followed by a regular meeting. During the work session, City of Union Finance Director Walker Gal

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets baseball team picked up a win over Clinton Tuesday and now prepare for a rival game on the road today.
On Tuesday, the Union County Yellow Jackets defeated the Clinton Red Devils in a final score of 3-2.
Clinton scored early in the first inning, and Union County responded with two runs in the s

Jackets defeat Red Devils 3-2

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets baseball team picked up a win over Clinton Tuesday and now prepare for a rival game on the road today. On Tuesday, the Union County Yellow Jackets defeated the Clinton Red Devils in a final score of 3-2. Clinton scored early in the first inning, and Union County responded with two runs in the s

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Lady Jackets softball team improved its season record to 18-2 as they picked up another win in Clinton.
Union County defeated Clinton on Tuesday evening with a final score of 18-1.
Union County pitcher Ashley Vinson delivered 12 strikeouts in five innings. Union County's leading hitters were Payton Martin and

Lady Jackets defeat Clinton 18-1

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Lady Jackets softball team improved its season record to 18-2 as they picked up another win in Clinton. Union County defeated Clinton on Tuesday evening with a final score of 18-1. Union County pitcher Ashley Vinson delivered 12 strikeouts in five innings. Union County's leading hitters were Payton Martin and

UNION — The Union City Council voted to support several local projects on Tuesday during a meeting held following a budget work session.
Miss Union County Fair 2015 Caitlin Russell spoke to council, requesting a sponsorship from the City of Union as she prepares to represent Union County at the 2015-2016 Miss South Carolina Pageant, which wi

City approves sponsorships

UNION — The Union City Council voted to support several local projects on Tuesday during a meeting held following a budget work session. Miss Union County Fair 2015 Caitlin Russell spoke to council, requesting a sponsorship from the City of Union as she prepares to represent Union County at the 2015-2016 Miss South Carolina Pageant, which wi

UNION COUNTY — Local students will have the opportunity to receive help on the basketball court from an NBA star.
Trevor Booker — Utah Jazz power forward and former standout for Clemson and Union County High School — will host his annual basketball camp June 5-6 at Union County High School. The camp has traditionally been a one-d

Booker hosting basketball camp

UNION COUNTY — Local students will have the opportunity to receive help on the basketball court from an NBA star. Trevor Booker — Utah Jazz power forward and former standout for Clemson and Union County High School — will host his annual basketball camp June 5-6 at Union County High School. The camp has traditionally been a one-d

UNION — The second annual Sims Middle School Talent Show raised over $1,000 for Union County Relay for Life.
The Sims Middle School SGA (Student Government Association) — whose faculty sponsor is Jordan Bright — sponsored the talent show held in the school gymnasium Thursday evening. The purpose of the annual event is to raise mo

Talent show raises over $1,000

UNION — The second annual Sims Middle School Talent Show raised over $1,000 for Union County Relay for Life. The Sims Middle School SGA (Student Government Association) — whose faculty sponsor is Jordan Bright — sponsored the talent show held in the school gymnasium Thursday evening. The purpose of the annual event is to raise mo

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service.
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Committed to serving others

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service. Wal

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School boys tennis team defeated Lancaster 6-1 on Tuesday.
Tuesday's win improves the Yellow Jackets' record to 7-2, 3-2.
“With that win, we can finish no lower than 3rd place in the region,” said Coach Tom Adamo.
Adamo said the team still has a shot at first place in the region. The team wo

UCHS defeats Lancaster 6-1

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School boys tennis team defeated Lancaster 6-1 on Tuesday. Tuesday's win improves the Yellow Jackets' record to 7-2, 3-2. “With that win, we can finish no lower than 3rd place in the region,” said Coach Tom Adamo. Adamo said the team still has a shot at first place in the region. The team wo

My son has been wronged

To the editor: I'm writing this letter because I am beyond angry about a recent situation in Union County, and I believe your readers would be interested to know this story from my perspective. No matter what age your child is, nothing upsets you more than when you feel your child has been wronged. Four years ago, my son Derik started Trans-Sout

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service.
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Able to help lot of people

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service. Wal

UNION COUNTY — Students at UCHS are preparing for Shrek to come to Union County.
The Union County High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present a stage production of Shrek: The Musical April 23-26.
A special dinner theatre performance — which requires an advance ticket which can be purchased from a Union Rotarian o

Shrek: The Musical at UCHS

UNION COUNTY — Students at UCHS are preparing for Shrek to come to Union County. The Union County High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present a stage production of Shrek: The Musical April 23-26. A special dinner theatre performance — which requires an advance ticket which can be purchased from a Union Rotarian o

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service.
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An opportunity to give back

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service. Wal

UNION COUNTY — Repairing state roads, state funding of local government, and education funding were among the issues discussed at the meeting of the Union County Legislative Delegation Monday evening.
Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said he was excited about a large turnout for Monday's meeting.
“People in Union County are interest

County issues discussed

UNION COUNTY — Repairing state roads, state funding of local government, and education funding were among the issues discussed at the meeting of the Union County Legislative Delegation Monday evening. Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said he was excited about a large turnout for Monday's meeting. “People in Union County are interest

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service.
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Helping people in need

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service. Wal

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service.
Wal

Meaningful and fulfilling

UNION — With April 12-18 being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Wallace Thomson Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said the hospital would like to thank a special group of people who give their time and talents to make the hospital a better place. Bailey said everyone at the hospital is grateful for the volunteers' service. Wal

UNION COUNTY — After losing their first two games of the season in a tournament over spring break, the Lady Jackets softball team remains undefeated in their region.
The defending-state-champion Union County Yellow Jackets softball team went into spring break with an undefeated 12-0 record for the season, but they went 3-2 in a tournament at

Lady Jackets unbeaten

UNION COUNTY — After losing their first two games of the season in a tournament over spring break, the Lady Jackets softball team remains undefeated in their region. The defending-state-champion Union County Yellow Jackets softball team went into spring break with an undefeated 12-0 record for the season, but they went 3-2 in a tournament at

UNION COUNTY — The Union County 4-H program announced a wide variety of camps for ages 5-14 to be held this summer.
Once spring arrives each year, the Union County 4-H program announces its schedule of camps and day camps for local children. The annual flyer can be seen in its entirety on the Facebook page listed as “Union County SC 4-

4-H announces summer camps

UNION COUNTY — The Union County 4-H program announced a wide variety of camps for ages 5-14 to be held this summer. Once spring arrives each year, the Union County 4-H program announces its schedule of camps and day camps for local children. The annual flyer can be seen in its entirety on the Facebook page listed as “Union County SC 4-

CROSS ANCHOR — America's largest off-road dirt bike and ATV racing series heads back to Cross Anchor on Saturday and Sunday for the 19th annual AMS Oil GNCC Racingi Big Buck Grand National Cross Country event. The national competition serves as part of the Can-Am GNCC tour.
More than 1, 200 racers are expected, and the event will draw severa

'Big Buck' returns this weekend

CROSS ANCHOR — America's largest off-road dirt bike and ATV racing series heads back to Cross Anchor on Saturday and Sunday for the 19th annual AMS Oil GNCC Racingi Big Buck Grand National Cross Country event. The national competition serves as part of the Can-Am GNCC tour. More than 1, 200 racers are expected, and the event will draw severa

JONESVILLE — A nearly four-hour fire board meeting resulted in the removal of the Kelly-Kelton fire chief from office.
More than 30 spectators were present at an emergency meeting held by the Kelly-Kelton Fire Board on Tuesday. The primary discussion at the meeting was in regard to the department's chief, whose credentials were questioned fo

Vote removes fire chief

JONESVILLE — A nearly four-hour fire board meeting resulted in the removal of the Kelly-Kelton fire chief from office. More than 30 spectators were present at an emergency meeting held by the Kelly-Kelton Fire Board on Tuesday. The primary discussion at the meeting was in regard to the department's chief, whose credentials were questioned fo





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