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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 — “Vaping” is currently the most popular method for people who want to stop smoking, and one new local business has been successful because of it.
Putman residents Scott and Lacey Davis opened the Vapor Warehouse — located at 719 North Duncan Bypass, Suite C, Union — in September. The store offers a wide variety

Vapor Warehouse has 200 flavors

UNION — “Vaping” is currently the most popular method for people who want to stop smoking, and one new local business has been successful because of it. Putman residents Scott and Lacey Davis opened the Vapor Warehouse — located at 719 North Duncan Bypass, Suite C, Union — in September. The store offers a wide variety

UNION — A meeting of the Union City Council included the approval of two resolutions, awarding two work bids, and filling two board vacancies.
Advocacy Initiatives
The first item of business addressed during Tuesday evening's meeting of the Union City Council resulted in the approval of a resolution in support of the Municipal Association's

Council approves two resolutions

UNION — A meeting of the Union City Council included the approval of two resolutions, awarding two work bids, and filling two board vacancies. Advocacy Initiatives The first item of business addressed during Tuesday evening's meeting of the Union City Council resulted in the approval of a resolution in support of the Municipal Association's

LOCKHART — A win over Whitmire put the Lockhart Middle School boys basketball team at 3-1 on the season.
The Lockhart boys defeated Whitmire in a final score of 40-20 on Monday. Leading scorers were Parker Northern with 17 points, Zack Fowler with 10 points, Trey Parks with seven points, Mason Melton with three points, Chandler Northern with

Lockhart boys beat Whitmire

LOCKHART — A win over Whitmire put the Lockhart Middle School boys basketball team at 3-1 on the season. The Lockhart boys defeated Whitmire in a final score of 40-20 on Monday. Leading scorers were Parker Northern with 17 points, Zack Fowler with 10 points, Trey Parks with seven points, Mason Melton with three points, Chandler Northern with

UNION COUNTY — Two Union homeowners and one Lockhart area homeowner are the winners in the Creative category of the Union County Recreation Department's Christmas House Lighting Contest.
For more than a decade the Union County Recreation Department has sponsored its annual Christmas House Lighting Contest giving homeowners a chance each year

Creative Christmas House Lighting winners

UNION COUNTY — Two Union homeowners and one Lockhart area homeowner are the winners in the Creative category of the Union County Recreation Department's Christmas House Lighting Contest. For more than a decade the Union County Recreation Department has sponsored its annual Christmas House Lighting Contest giving homeowners a chance each year

UNION COUNTY — Two Union area homeowners and a Jonesville area homeowner are the winners in the Elegant category of the Union County Recreation Department's Christmas House Lighting Contest.
For more than a decade the Union County Recreation Department has sponsored its annual Christmas House Lighting Contest giving homeowners a chance each

Elegant Christmas House Lighting

UNION COUNTY — Two Union area homeowners and a Jonesville area homeowner are the winners in the Elegant category of the Union County Recreation Department's Christmas House Lighting Contest. For more than a decade the Union County Recreation Department has sponsored its annual Christmas House Lighting Contest giving homeowners a chance each

UNION COUNTY — The local chapter of the NAACP gave Union County students a special Christmas gift.
The local branch of the NAACP has made an annual tradition of donating funds for children in need within the Union County School District. This year, the group donated $1,000.
The funds will be used to purchase warm clothing items and school s

NAACP donates $1,000 to schools

UNION COUNTY — The local chapter of the NAACP gave Union County students a special Christmas gift. The local branch of the NAACP has made an annual tradition of donating funds for children in need within the Union County School District. This year, the group donated $1,000. The funds will be used to purchase warm clothing items and school s

UNION — Beautiful weather, a large crowd of onlookers lining the sidewalks, and more than 100 floats rolling down Main Street were among the defining features of the Union Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.
“We had a very good parade,” Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said Monday morning. “T

Union Christmas Parade

UNION — Beautiful weather, a large crowd of onlookers lining the sidewalks, and more than 100 floats rolling down Main Street were among the defining features of the Union Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. “We had a very good parade,” Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said Monday morning. “T

JONESVILLE — Union County Council members decided to help the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department stay afloat by donating a total of $6,254.64 to bail the department out of one debt.
During Tuesday's meeting of the Union County Council, C.W. Garner and Jerry Yarborough of the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department addressed council about its current situatio

Council donating $6,254.64 to fire department

JONESVILLE — Union County Council members decided to help the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department stay afloat by donating a total of $6,254.64 to bail the department out of one debt. During Tuesday's meeting of the Union County Council, C.W. Garner and Jerry Yarborough of the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department addressed council about its current situatio

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrest:
— Matthew Cole Grady, 22, of 3913 Cross Keys Highway, Union, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia around 8:44 p.m. Dec. 9.
The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrest:
— Jimmy Arthur Rhinehart, 46, of 1

Crime Report

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrest: — Matthew Cole Grady, 22, of 3913 Cross Keys Highway, Union, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia around 8:44 p.m. Dec. 9. The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrest: — Jimmy Arthur Rhinehart, 46, of 1

LOCKHART — Lockhart Middle School basketball came out victorious after two close games in Blacksburg.
The Lockhart girls basketball team defeated Blacksburg in a final score of 22-20.
“I am so proud of all of these girls, they played their hearts out,” said Coach Seth Whitehead. “It was a back-and-forth battle from the beg

Lockhart girls, boys beat Blacksburg

LOCKHART — Lockhart Middle School basketball came out victorious after two close games in Blacksburg. The Lockhart girls basketball team defeated Blacksburg in a final score of 22-20. “I am so proud of all of these girls, they played their hearts out,” said Coach Seth Whitehead. “It was a back-and-forth battle from the beg

TAYLORS — Union County High School wrestlers had an overall winning record in the Southern Slam Invitational at Eastside High School over the weekend.
Five Union County wrestlers competed in the Southern Slam Invitational, and two of the five placed.
“This is one of the toughest tournaments in the and our guys competed well,” sa

UCHS wrestlers do well at Southern Slam

TAYLORS — Union County High School wrestlers had an overall winning record in the Southern Slam Invitational at Eastside High School over the weekend. Five Union County wrestlers competed in the Southern Slam Invitational, and two of the five placed. “This is one of the toughest tournaments in the and our guys competed well,” sa

UNION COUNTY — Thanks to the award of a Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology grant, two Union County CATE (Career and Technology Education) classes will compete in an upcoming robotics competition.
The Union County CATE Center's Project Lead the Way: Principles of Engineering class has been awarded a Palmetto Partners for Science and

Team to compete in robotics competition

UNION COUNTY — Thanks to the award of a Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology grant, two Union County CATE (Career and Technology Education) classes will compete in an upcoming robotics competition. The Union County CATE Center's Project Lead the Way: Principles of Engineering class has been awarded a Palmetto Partners for Science and

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of School Trustees approved a funding request for three projects which are estimated to cost a total of around $115,000.
On Monday evening, the school board approved funding requests which were presented by the district Financial Officer Lynn Lawson at the previous meeting. The requests involve upgrades

Board of School Trustees approves funding request

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of School Trustees approved a funding request for three projects which are estimated to cost a total of around $115,000. On Monday evening, the school board approved funding requests which were presented by the district Financial Officer Lynn Lawson at the previous meeting. The requests involve upgrades

LOCKHART — The streets of Lockhart were lined with spectators enjoying the good cheer of the season including an appearance by Santa Claus during the Lockhart Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.
Floats, bands, horses, cars with local officials and celebrities and, of course, Santa, took part in the parade, showering those in attendance with c

Lockhart Christmas Parade

LOCKHART — The streets of Lockhart were lined with spectators enjoying the good cheer of the season including an appearance by Santa Claus during the Lockhart Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. Floats, bands, horses, cars with local officials and celebrities and, of course, Santa, took part in the parade, showering those in attendance with c

UNION — An upcoming play will entertain and teach audiences the importance of “paying the piper.”
The Union County High School Drama Department will present a public performance of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. There will also be daytime performances for local students Tuesday, Dec. 9-Thursday

The importance of keeping promises

UNION — An upcoming play will entertain and teach audiences the importance of “paying the piper.” The Union County High School Drama Department will present a public performance of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. There will also be daytime performances for local students Tuesday, Dec. 9-Thursday

Lockhart boys, girls fall to Pacolet

LOCKHART — Lockhart Middle School basketball teams came up short against Pacolet on Thursday. The Lockhart boys basketball team fell to Pacolet in a final score of 44-41. Lockhart Coach Thomas Parks said he is proud of his team's effort during practice and the first two games of the season. “We have some things to work on, and hopefu

LOCKHART — In middle school boys basketball, Lockhart defeated Jonesville in a final score of 35-13 on Monday.
Coach Thomas Parks reported leading scorers for Lockhart were Trey Parks with 14, Chandler Northern with 12, Parker Northern with four, Zack Fowler with three and Christian McClaren with two.
“Good defense and great effort &#

Lockhart boys defeat Jonesville

LOCKHART — In middle school boys basketball, Lockhart defeated Jonesville in a final score of 35-13 on Monday. Coach Thomas Parks reported leading scorers for Lockhart were Trey Parks with 14, Chandler Northern with 12, Parker Northern with four, Zack Fowler with three and Christian McClaren with two. “Good defense and great effort &#

UNION — The Union Public Safety Department held its annual Christmas party and year-end awards ceremony honoring both employees and volunteers on Tuesday.
Chief Sam White spoke to those in attendance at the Christmas party, mentioning that nationwide issues have created a lot of change in America. He said Americans have seen a lot of conflic

UPSD honors employees

UNION — The Union Public Safety Department held its annual Christmas party and year-end awards ceremony honoring both employees and volunteers on Tuesday. Chief Sam White spoke to those in attendance at the Christmas party, mentioning that nationwide issues have created a lot of change in America. He said Americans have seen a lot of conflic

UNION COUNTY — The four Union County Sheriff's Office employees who received Employee of the Year recognition each said they enjoy being part of the UCSO team.
Sheriff David Taylor said the awards began when he came into office in 2009, and employees are recognized from the sheriff's office, 9-1-1 and jail division.
“We're looking for

Working as a team to help others

UNION COUNTY — The four Union County Sheriff's Office employees who received Employee of the Year recognition each said they enjoy being part of the UCSO team. Sheriff David Taylor said the awards began when he came into office in 2009, and employees are recognized from the sheriff's office, 9-1-1 and jail division. “We're looking for

UNION COUNTY — A group of students held a unique fundraiser to help raise money for a spring field trip.
Last Tuesday, HOSA — a student-led organization of future health professionals — held its first-ever Bed Races fundraiser event, which raised around $900 to help pay for a competition trip to Charleston in the spring and for s

HOSA 'Bed Races' raise $900

UNION COUNTY — A group of students held a unique fundraiser to help raise money for a spring field trip. Last Tuesday, HOSA — a student-led organization of future health professionals — held its first-ever Bed Races fundraiser event, which raised around $900 to help pay for a competition trip to Charleston in the spring and for s





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