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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

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 hosts 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 COUNTY — A Union County Yellow Jackets track athlete will compete on the college level.
Union County track standout Diamond Lee will continue to be a Yellow Jacket after high school, as she has signed to be a sprinter with Allen University.
Union County's Coach Cedric Jeter said Lee earned her opportunity with hard work and talent.
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Lee signs with Allen University

UNION COUNTY — A Union County Yellow Jackets track athlete will compete on the college level. Union County track standout Diamond Lee will continue to be a Yellow Jacket after high school, as she has signed to be a sprinter with Allen University. Union County's Coach Cedric Jeter said Lee earned her opportunity with hard work and talent. &

UNION — Resounding praises and support of a local doctor resulted in his being recognized with a district wide award.
The 2015 Union Hospital District Physician of the Year is general surgeon Henry S. Jordan, MD.
Nominations for the award were made anonymously by various employees throughout Wallace Thomson Hospital.
“This is a huge

Unwavering in his dedication

UNION — Resounding praises and support of a local doctor resulted in his being recognized with a district wide award. The 2015 Union Hospital District Physician of the Year is general surgeon Henry S. Jordan, MD. Nominations for the award were made anonymously by various employees throughout Wallace Thomson Hospital. “This is a huge

UNION COUNTY — The Lady Jackets softball team is one win away from a state championship repeat.
The Upper State Champion Union County softball team shut out the Lower State Champion Hartsville Red Foxes with a final score of 10-0 in Game 1 of the two-out-of-three-game state championship series.
Thursday's game was scoreless for the first tw

Lady Jackets beat Hartsville

UNION COUNTY — The Lady Jackets softball team is one win away from a state championship repeat. The Upper State Champion Union County softball team shut out the Lower State Champion Hartsville Red Foxes with a final score of 10-0 in Game 1 of the two-out-of-three-game state championship series. Thursday's game was scoreless for the first tw

UNION COUNTY — After graduation, one Union County basketball standout will become an Spartanburg Methodist Pioneer.
The next step in Union County standout Mariana Eison's basketball career was announced Wednesday when she signed to play with the SMC Lady Pioneer basketball program. Eison was joined by her family — Ariel Eison, Marion E

Eison to be Lady Pioneer

UNION COUNTY — After graduation, one Union County basketball standout will become an Spartanburg Methodist Pioneer. The next step in Union County standout Mariana Eison's basketball career was announced Wednesday when she signed to play with the SMC Lady Pioneer basketball program. Eison was joined by her family — Ariel Eison, Marion E

UNION COUNTY — A pep rally was held at Union County High School on Thursday before the Lady Jackets' first game of their state championship series.
Thursday's pep rally began when the lights in the UCHS gymnasium went dim and a spotlight shone on a doorway as the Union County softball players were introduced one by one. The Lady Jackets were

Students cheer Lady Jackets

UNION COUNTY — A pep rally was held at Union County High School on Thursday before the Lady Jackets' first game of their state championship series. Thursday's pep rally began when the lights in the UCHS gymnasium went dim and a spotlight shone on a doorway as the Union County softball players were introduced one by one. The Lady Jackets were

UNION COUNTY — The Upper State Champion Lady Jackets are headed to a state championship series with Hartsville for the second consecutive year.
The Union County Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancaster Bruins in a final score of 3-0 on Monday evening, securing the Upper State Championship.
Union County's Payton Martin pitched yet another shuto

Lady Jackets win championship

UNION COUNTY — The Upper State Champion Lady Jackets are headed to a state championship series with Hartsville for the second consecutive year. The Union County Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancaster Bruins in a final score of 3-0 on Monday evening, securing the Upper State Championship. Union County's Payton Martin pitched yet another shuto

UNION — As part of Hospital Week, those who had five years or more of service with the Union Hospital District were recognized in increments of five years.
One employee — Brenda Lawson — was recognized for 40 years of service with the Union Hospital District. Blanche Kershaw and Cynthia Cooke were each recognized for 35 years of

Five years or more of service

UNION — As part of Hospital Week, those who had five years or more of service with the Union Hospital District were recognized in increments of five years. One employee — Brenda Lawson — was recognized for 40 years of service with the Union Hospital District. Blanche Kershaw and Cynthia Cooke were each recognized for 35 years of

UNION COUNTY — Two Yellow Jacket football players committed to pursue grid iron competition in college.
On Wednesday morning, Union County's Christian Petty and Blake Berry each committed to college football teams.
Petty will play football at The Citadel as he enters The Military College of South Carolina's engineering program.
“I'm

Two sign to play football

UNION COUNTY — Two Yellow Jacket football players committed to pursue grid iron competition in college. On Wednesday morning, Union County's Christian Petty and Blake Berry each committed to college football teams. Petty will play football at The Citadel as he enters The Military College of South Carolina's engineering program. “I'm

UNION — Employees of the Union Hospital District received a week's worth of gratitude last week.
Last week was the Union Hospital District's annual Hospital Week, and this year's activity committee decided the theme of the week would be The Miracle League of Union County, which would allow the district one more way to give back to the county

Another way to give back

UNION — Employees of the Union Hospital District received a week's worth of gratitude last week. Last week was the Union Hospital District's annual Hospital Week, and this year's activity committee decided the theme of the week would be The Miracle League of Union County, which would allow the district one more way to give back to the county

UNION COUNTY — The Lady Jackets will play at home for the Upper State Championship on Monday.
The Union County High School softball team defeated Lancaster in a final score of 3-1 on the road Wednesday. Union County's Jazmyne Boyd ran in two runs, while CeCe Morman ran in one. Union County's leading hitter was Ashley Vinson with three hits.

Lady Jackets defeat Lancaster

UNION COUNTY — The Lady Jackets will play at home for the Upper State Championship on Monday. The Union County High School softball team defeated Lancaster in a final score of 3-1 on the road Wednesday. Union County's Jazmyne Boyd ran in two runs, while CeCe Morman ran in one. Union County's leading hitter was Ashley Vinson with three hits.

UNION COUNTY — A local high school student took it upon himself to organize a gospel choir, which will perform a concert this Saturday.
Trey Kershaw, 18, said music runs in his family, as his father — Bennie Kershaw — and uncle — Anthony Kershaw — both play piano. However, Trey never wanted to play music until his mot

'New Reason' in concert Saturday

UNION COUNTY — A local high school student took it upon himself to organize a gospel choir, which will perform a concert this Saturday. Trey Kershaw, 18, said music runs in his family, as his father — Bennie Kershaw — and uncle — Anthony Kershaw — both play piano. However, Trey never wanted to play music until his mot

UNION COUNTY — A Union County cheerleader has signed to cheer with Presbyterian College for the 2015-2016 season.
UCHS senior cheerleader Courtney Berry will join the Presbyterian College Blue Hose cheerleaders as she begins her freshman year of college in the next school year.
Union County cheer coach Jana Moore said Berry is a great athle

Berry signs with Presbyterian

UNION COUNTY — A Union County cheerleader has signed to cheer with Presbyterian College for the 2015-2016 season. UCHS senior cheerleader Courtney Berry will join the Presbyterian College Blue Hose cheerleaders as she begins her freshman year of college in the next school year. Union County cheer coach Jana Moore said Berry is a great athle

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School girls softball team won its first game this week on the road to the Upper State Championship.
The Lady Jackets defeated Blue Ridge in a 7-0 shutout on Monday. Union County pitcher Payton Martin delivered nine strikeouts and allowed only one hit during Monday's shutout. Union County's CeCe Morman ha

Lady Jackets beat Blue Ridge

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School girls softball team won its first game this week on the road to the Upper State Championship. The Lady Jackets defeated Blue Ridge in a 7-0 shutout on Monday. Union County pitcher Payton Martin delivered nine strikeouts and allowed only one hit during Monday's shutout. Union County's CeCe Morman ha

UNION — Union County Relay for Life brought in over $67,000, and money will continue to come in through August to reach this year's goal.
On Saturday morning, Union County Relay for Life reported a net total of $67,697.04 raised so far during this year's relay activities. The goal set by the American Cancer Society for the local event was $8

Relay For Life raises $67,697.04

UNION — Union County Relay for Life brought in over $67,000, and money will continue to come in through August to reach this year's goal. On Saturday morning, Union County Relay for Life reported a net total of $67,697.04 raised so far during this year's relay activities. The goal set by the American Cancer Society for the local event was $8

UNION COUNTY — After the first reading of the Union County School District's proposed 2015-2016 general fund budget, Financial Officer Lynn Lawson will return with options for board members at the next meeting.
Lawson said with a projected revenue of $27,192,371 the district's fund balance will be a little less than $2 million after expendit

Board to review budget options

UNION COUNTY — After the first reading of the Union County School District's proposed 2015-2016 general fund budget, Financial Officer Lynn Lawson will return with options for board members at the next meeting. Lawson said with a projected revenue of $27,192,371 the district's fund balance will be a little less than $2 million after expendit

UNION COUNTY — Union County High School Interim Principal Betsy Trakas will serve as the school's full-time principal during the upcoming school year.
During Monday evening's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, a personnel report was approved by a board vote of 6-2. One item in the report was the hiring of Trakas as the ful

Trakas named UCHS principal

UNION COUNTY — Union County High School Interim Principal Betsy Trakas will serve as the school's full-time principal during the upcoming school year. During Monday evening's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, a personnel report was approved by a board vote of 6-2. One item in the report was the hiring of Trakas as the ful

UNION — Friends of a local family who lost their home to a fire are asking the community to show support at a benefit event this Saturday.
A fundraiser for Alicia and Kenneth Belue will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 16, in the parking lot of Union Square. The event will include a hot dog sale, bake sale, silent auction, yard sale and m

Fundraiser for Belues Saturday

UNION — Friends of a local family who lost their home to a fire are asking the community to show support at a benefit event this Saturday. A fundraiser for Alicia and Kenneth Belue will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 16, in the parking lot of Union Square. The event will include a hot dog sale, bake sale, silent auction, yard sale and m

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets softball team earned the District III championship with a big win on Friday.
The Lady Jackets defeated Belton-Honea Path in a final score of 11-1 at Timken Sports Complex. Union County put four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. In the second inning, BHP scored its only run, and Union C

Lady Jackets win championship

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets softball team earned the District III championship with a big win on Friday. The Lady Jackets defeated Belton-Honea Path in a final score of 11-1 at Timken Sports Complex. Union County put four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. In the second inning, BHP scored its only run, and Union C

UNION — A local athlete was honored by the Special Olympics with an award presentation in Union.
Lifelong Union resident Anthony Giles, 53, has competed in the Special Olympics since the late 1990s, excelling in events such as the 50-meter dash, the broad jump, and the softball throw.
On Friday, Giles was presented with the 2015 Special Oly

Special Olympics honors Giles

UNION — A local athlete was honored by the Special Olympics with an award presentation in Union. Lifelong Union resident Anthony Giles, 53, has competed in the Special Olympics since the late 1990s, excelling in events such as the 50-meter dash, the broad jump, and the softball throw. On Friday, Giles was presented with the 2015 Special Oly





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