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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 — 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

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 — 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 — 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 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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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

UNION COUNTY — A Union native is passionate about recruiting foster parents for a specific type of foster care.
Union native and children's book author Julie Ramsey Murphy has worked in child mental health for the past 14 years.
“I've always had a heart for children,” Murphy said.
Four years ago, Murphy began working with a com

A special kind of foster parents

UNION COUNTY — A Union native is passionate about recruiting foster parents for a specific type of foster care. Union native and children's book author Julie Ramsey Murphy has worked in child mental health for the past 14 years. “I've always had a heart for children,” Murphy said. Four years ago, Murphy began working with a com

UNION — Trans-South Wrestling celebrated four years of local community involvement intertwined with pro wrestling action.
On Saturday, Trans-South Wrestling (TSW) held its fourth anniversary event at Union County Fairgrounds, in which two titles changed hands.
The TSW Heavyweight Title — which was vacant before Saturday's event —

TSW celebrates 4th anniversary

UNION — Trans-South Wrestling celebrated four years of local community involvement intertwined with pro wrestling action. On Saturday, Trans-South Wrestling (TSW) held its fourth anniversary event at Union County Fairgrounds, in which two titles changed hands. The TSW Heavyweight Title — which was vacant before Saturday's event —

UNION — Dreams are coming true through cheering and tumbling with The Dream Team.
The Dream Team is a competition cheer/tumbling team for children with disabilities, based at Union's Twist and Shout Cheer and Dance Center. Each participant on the team has a “buddy” who helps with performances.
“It's amazing to watch them,&

Dreams do come true

UNION — Dreams are coming true through cheering and tumbling with The Dream Team. The Dream Team is a competition cheer/tumbling team for children with disabilities, based at Union's Twist and Shout Cheer and Dance Center. Each participant on the team has a “buddy” who helps with performances. “It's amazing to watch them,&

UNION — A Little Free Library is now open on the South Street side of First Presbyterian Church, filled with books for children and adults.
Church member John Carson built the Little Free Library, which is a weather-proof, enclosed bookshelf on a post, stocked with books that anyone may take and read. “Take a book, return a book”

'Little Free Library' now open

UNION — A Little Free Library is now open on the South Street side of First Presbyterian Church, filled with books for children and adults. Church member John Carson built the Little Free Library, which is a weather-proof, enclosed bookshelf on a post, stocked with books that anyone may take and read. “Take a book, return a book”

LOCKHART — Lockhart Middle School won its final baseball game of the season on Thursday.
The Lockhart Middle School baseball team picked up a victory over Landrum Middle in a final score of 9-2, putting the team at 9-1 this season.
Jason Millwood pitched the full game, giving up only two runs on three hits. Leading hitters for Lockhart were

Lockhart 9-1 for season

LOCKHART — Lockhart Middle School won its final baseball game of the season on Thursday. The Lockhart Middle School baseball team picked up a victory over Landrum Middle in a final score of 9-2, putting the team at 9-1 this season. Jason Millwood pitched the full game, giving up only two runs on three hits. Leading hitters for Lockhart were

UNION — The Sims Middle School baseball team went 1-1 in a double header against Broome on Thursday.
Sims won Game 1 of Thursday's double header in a final score of 10-5.
The game began with Broome scoring three runs in the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Sims' Caleb Small was walked and later stole second. A hit from Ralph Peake

Sims wins, loses in doubleheader

UNION — The Sims Middle School baseball team went 1-1 in a double header against Broome on Thursday. Sims won Game 1 of Thursday's double header in a final score of 10-5. The game began with Broome scoring three runs in the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Sims' Caleb Small was walked and later stole second. A hit from Ralph Peake

UNION — After retirement from a longtime career with a local agency, Frances Fowler called her career a blessing.
During last week's annual Awards Day at Union Services, an announcement was made that Frances Fowler, an employee of 28-plus years would retire. Fowler's last day on the job was Tuesday, and she said she has seen lots of changes

A blessing to work there

UNION — After retirement from a longtime career with a local agency, Frances Fowler called her career a blessing. During last week's annual Awards Day at Union Services, an announcement was made that Frances Fowler, an employee of 28-plus years would retire. Fowler's last day on the job was Tuesday, and she said she has seen lots of changes





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