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 — Last weekend's stage performances at USC Union were dedicated to the memory of a former student who passed away in October.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, USC Union hosted “Spillage on Stage.” The production was a stage adaptation of “Spillage: USC Union's Journal of Arts and Letters,” which is a magazine-sty

Play dedicated to former student

UNION — Last weekend's stage performances at USC Union were dedicated to the memory of a former student who passed away in October. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, USC Union hosted “Spillage on Stage.” The production was a stage adaptation of “Spillage: USC Union's Journal of Arts and Letters,” which is a magazine-sty

UNION — Christmas Open House on Main Street in downtown Union drew a large crowd Thursday evening.
Among the attractions that drew people to the event was the free music performed on the street and in some of the businesses that kept their doors open that evening.
There was also the opportunity to get a picture taken with Santa Claus and wi

More from Christmas Open House

UNION — Christmas Open House on Main Street in downtown Union drew a large crowd Thursday evening. Among the attractions that drew people to the event was the free music performed on the street and in some of the businesses that kept their doors open that evening. There was also the opportunity to get a picture taken with Santa Claus and wi

UNION COUNTY — Music, food, Santa Claus, seasonal weather, and the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping drew a large crowd to Christmas Open House on Main Street in downtown Union Thursday evening.
Christmas Open House is an annual tradition sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the downtown merchants, and the City of

Large turnout for Christmas Open House

UNION COUNTY — Music, food, Santa Claus, seasonal weather, and the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping drew a large crowd to Christmas Open House on Main Street in downtown Union Thursday evening. Christmas Open House is an annual tradition sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the downtown merchants, and the City of

UNION COUNTY — A Union County CATE class received a $7,500 grant from the South Carolina State Firefighters Association.
The Union County CATE (Career and Technology Education) Center currently offers a protective services class, which is an introduction to firefighting, EMS and law enforcement services. Students learn basic first aid, law e

CATE class gets $7,500 grant

UNION COUNTY — A Union County CATE class received a $7,500 grant from the South Carolina State Firefighters Association. The Union County CATE (Career and Technology Education) Center currently offers a protective services class, which is an introduction to firefighting, EMS and law enforcement services. Students learn basic first aid, law e

UNION COUNTY — Skills learned during a health occupations class helped one local student rescue her young family member.
When Kailen Wicker — a 17-year-old junior at Union County High School — went to her sister's home to babysit her one-and-a-half-year-old nephew, Aiden Roark, she had no idea she would have to use the skills she

Wicker saves nephew

UNION COUNTY — Skills learned during a health occupations class helped one local student rescue her young family member. When Kailen Wicker — a 17-year-old junior at Union County High School — went to her sister's home to babysit her one-and-a-half-year-old nephew, Aiden Roark, she had no idea she would have to use the skills she

UNION COUNTY — Local JV and middle school wrestling teams were successful during their first tournament of the season.
On Saturday, the UCHS JV and Sims Middle School wrestling teams competed at Fort Mill, with six JV wrestlers and 10 middle school wrestlers winning first place. Coach GB McDaniel said he was happy to have guys in the program

JV, middle school wrestlers triumph

UNION COUNTY — Local JV and middle school wrestling teams were successful during their first tournament of the season. On Saturday, the UCHS JV and Sims Middle School wrestling teams competed at Fort Mill, with six JV wrestlers and 10 middle school wrestlers winning first place. Coach GB McDaniel said he was happy to have guys in the program

UNION COUNTY — These are the 2014 Hog Jog 5K Results.
David Sinclair — 20:55
Andrew Cavender — 21:21
John Gregory — 21:32
Steve Arnold — 22:05
Clint Smallwood — 22:27
Tommy Harrison — 22:41
Jennifer Jansen — 22:58
William Gibbs — 25:00
Robbie Littlejohn — 25:18
Lee Littlejohn 

2014 Hog Jog 5K results

UNION COUNTY — These are the 2014 Hog Jog 5K Results. David Sinclair — 20:55 Andrew Cavender — 21:21 John Gregory — 21:32 Steve Arnold — 22:05 Clint Smallwood — 22:27 Tommy Harrison — 22:41 Jennifer Jansen — 22:58 William Gibbs — 25:00 Robbie Littlejohn — 25:18 Lee Littlejohn 

UNION COUNTY — Union County High School athlete Cecilia “Cece” Morman has signed to play softball at Claflin University.
On Wednesday, Cece Morman signed to play softball with the Claflin Panthers next year, as her work in both academics and athletics led to a full scholarship at Claflin.
“I thank God for this blessing,

Morman signs with Claflin

UNION COUNTY — Union County High School athlete Cecilia “Cece” Morman has signed to play softball at Claflin University. On Wednesday, Cece Morman signed to play softball with the Claflin Panthers next year, as her work in both academics and athletics led to a full scholarship at Claflin. “I thank God for this blessing,

UNION — A meeting of the Union City Council has halted the efforts of the Union Events Center board.
One item of action on the agenda at Tuesday's city council meeting involved a proposal to council from the Union Events Center board of directors. The proposal was two-pronged, with one part for city council and the other for county council.

City declines to support Events Center

UNION — A meeting of the Union City Council has halted the efforts of the Union Events Center board. One item of action on the agenda at Tuesday's city council meeting involved a proposal to council from the Union Events Center board of directors. The proposal was two-pronged, with one part for city council and the other for county council.

UNION COUNTY — Principals from two local middle schools shared highlights about instruction at their schools during Monday's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees.
Principal Mickey Connolly, of Sims Middle School, reported Sims posted significant gains in science and social studies scores based on the 2014 PASS (Palmetto Asses

Principals brief board on PASS results

UNION COUNTY — Principals from two local middle schools shared highlights about instruction at their schools during Monday's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees. Principal Mickey Connolly, of Sims Middle School, reported Sims posted significant gains in science and social studies scores based on the 2014 PASS (Palmetto Asses

UNION COUNTY — The Union County veterans of the Vietnam War are part of a long community tradition of defending their country in time of war stretching back to the American Revolution according to the guest speaker at the Union County Veterans Day Program.
As it has in years past, Tuesday's Veterans Day program began 11 a.m., the hour at whi

A long tradition of service

UNION COUNTY — The Union County veterans of the Vietnam War are part of a long community tradition of defending their country in time of war stretching back to the American Revolution according to the guest speaker at the Union County Veterans Day Program. As it has in years past, Tuesday's Veterans Day program began 11 a.m., the hour at whi

GAFFNEY — Three sisters each won pageant awards and will go on to represent Union and Cherokee counties in 2015.
Kaitlin Payne, 13; Hannah Dawkins, 11; and Brianna Dawkins, 8 — three daughters of Tammy and Andre Dawkins of Gaffney — each won titles in their respective divisions in Saturday's Miss Cherokee County/Miss Union County

Sisters win pageant crowns

GAFFNEY — Three sisters each won pageant awards and will go on to represent Union and Cherokee counties in 2015. Kaitlin Payne, 13; Hannah Dawkins, 11; and Brianna Dawkins, 8 — three daughters of Tammy and Andre Dawkins of Gaffney — each won titles in their respective divisions in Saturday's Miss Cherokee County/Miss Union County

GAFFNEY — A pro wrestler who turned himself into a pop culture icon will meet with fans next week in Gaffney.
Whether fans know him as “Cactus Jack,” “Mankind,” “Dude Love,” or simply “The Hardcore Legend,” Mick Foley became a household name in the world of wrestling beginning in the 1990s. Fol

'The Hardcore Legend' to appear at TSW event

GAFFNEY — A pro wrestler who turned himself into a pop culture icon will meet with fans next week in Gaffney. Whether fans know him as “Cactus Jack,” “Mankind,” “Dude Love,” or simply “The Hardcore Legend,” Mick Foley became a household name in the world of wrestling beginning in the 1990s. Fol

UNION — The Union Events Center board presented city and county councils with a proposition during a joint meeting on Thursday.
Union Events Center Board of Directors Chair Bob Love said several local industrial leaders were invited to Thursday's joint meeting to present their views in regard to the event center's importance to Union County.

Councils receive Events Center proposal

UNION — The Union Events Center board presented city and county councils with a proposition during a joint meeting on Thursday. Union Events Center Board of Directors Chair Bob Love said several local industrial leaders were invited to Thursday's joint meeting to present their views in regard to the event center's importance to Union County.

UNION COUNTY — Two Union County High School student athletes have been recognized for their achievements in and out of the classroom.
UCHS athletes Dynia Davis and Shemar Glenn were named the winners of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for UCHS.
On Oct. 31, Wendy's announced the winners of the annual Wendy's High School Heisman Awards

Students win High School Heisman Award

UNION COUNTY — Two Union County High School student athletes have been recognized for their achievements in and out of the classroom. UCHS athletes Dynia Davis and Shemar Glenn were named the winners of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for UCHS. On Oct. 31, Wendy's announced the winners of the annual Wendy's High School Heisman Awards

UNION — The first-ever tattoo shop in Union County opened last week.
Jamie Wise and Jimmy Roberts — two ex military men who share a love of ink — have opened Union Ink Tattoos at 232 Beltline Road, Union.
Wise and Roberts say they pride their shop on being safe, clean, friendly and creative. The shop is a branch of Tattoo Wareho

Union Ink Tattoos now open

UNION — The first-ever tattoo shop in Union County opened last week. Jamie Wise and Jimmy Roberts — two ex military men who share a love of ink — have opened Union Ink Tattoos at 232 Beltline Road, Union. Wise and Roberts say they pride their shop on being safe, clean, friendly and creative. The shop is a branch of Tattoo Wareho

UNION — An event sponsored by the Union County Recreation Department resulted in a donation to the local Salvation Army Food Pantry.
On Oct. 30, the Union County Recreation Department held a “Teen Fright Night” event at Timken Sports complex, which featured Halloween activities including a photo booth and the viewing of a scary m

Canned goods donated to Salvation Army

UNION — An event sponsored by the Union County Recreation Department resulted in a donation to the local Salvation Army Food Pantry. On Oct. 30, the Union County Recreation Department held a “Teen Fright Night” event at Timken Sports complex, which featured Halloween activities including a photo booth and the viewing of a scary m

UNION — An upcoming play at USC Union will bring the university's literary magazine to life.
The USC Union Players will perform “SOS: Spillage on Stage” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in the USC Union Auditorium, located in the Main Building. All tickets will be sold for $5.
“Spillage on Stage” is an adap

'Spillage on Stage'

UNION — An upcoming play at USC Union will bring the university's literary magazine to life. The USC Union Players will perform “SOS: Spillage on Stage” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in the USC Union Auditorium, located in the Main Building. All tickets will be sold for $5. “Spillage on Stage” is an adap

UNION — A night of wild pro wrestling action included the crowning of a new champion and representation from Sims and Union County wrestlers.
Saturday's Trans-South Wrestling event at Union County Fairgrounds welcomed amateur wrestlers from Union County High School and Sims Middle School. Between matches on the TSW card, Coach GB McDaniel sp

Event raises $1,000 for wrestling team

UNION — A night of wild pro wrestling action included the crowning of a new champion and representation from Sims and Union County wrestlers. Saturday's Trans-South Wrestling event at Union County Fairgrounds welcomed amateur wrestlers from Union County High School and Sims Middle School. Between matches on the TSW card, Coach GB McDaniel sp

UNION — The Union County 4-H program will temporarily expand its age limits for an upcoming adult class.
The 4-H Program typically teaches life-skill classes for ages 5-19, but beginning in early 2015, a crocheting class will be offered to adults.
Newberry resident Susan Fellers — mother of Union County Extension Agent Jeff Fellers &#

4-H to offer adult crocheting class

UNION — The Union County 4-H program will temporarily expand its age limits for an upcoming adult class. The 4-H Program typically teaches life-skill classes for ages 5-19, but beginning in early 2015, a crocheting class will be offered to adults. Newberry resident Susan Fellers — mother of Union County Extension Agent Jeff Fellers &#





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