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 — 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 — 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

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

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 — 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 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 — 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 COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets defeated Chester 28-12 on Friday in their last game of the season.
The Yellow Jackets were first to score early in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead after QB De'Arrius Smith connected with Shemar Glenn for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The Yellow Jackets soon followed up with another touchdown ru

UCHS ends season with win over Chester

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets defeated Chester 28-12 on Friday in their last game of the season. The Yellow Jackets were first to score early in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead after QB De'Arrius Smith connected with Shemar Glenn for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The Yellow Jackets soon followed up with another touchdown ru

UCHS runs in Upper State competition

UNION COUNTY — Despite chilly weather, the Union County High School cross country team ran in the Upper State competition at Hillcrest High School on Saturday. Runners' times were as follows: Boys Matthew Caldwell — 19:13 Ricky Belue — 19:56 (PR) Noah McCutcheon — 20:25 Tyrin Briggs — 21:21 Jordan Lawson —

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 &#

SPARTANBURG — Friends and family of a Union man will hold a benefit event for his medical costs this Friday in Spartanburg.
Billy Knox, of Union, is the husband of Julie Knox; father to his children Haley and Billy; stepfather to children Jessica, Joe and Jamie; “Papa” to seven grandchildren; and a friend to many. Knox's loved on

Benefit to be held for cancer patient

SPARTANBURG — Friends and family of a Union man will hold a benefit event for his medical costs this Friday in Spartanburg. Billy Knox, of Union, is the husband of Julie Knox; father to his children Haley and Billy; stepfather to children Jessica, Joe and Jamie; “Papa” to seven grandchildren; and a friend to many. Knox's loved on

UNION COUNTY — The winner of the 2014 Miss Union County Fair Pageant will go on to compete in the 79th annual Miss South Carolina Pageant.
Spartanburg native Caitlin Alexandria Russell — a 2014 Dorman High School graduate and daughter of Walter and Brenda Russell — was crowned Miss Union County Fair on Oct. 18. She has since been

Russell to compete in Miss South Carolina Pageant

UNION COUNTY — The winner of the 2014 Miss Union County Fair Pageant will go on to compete in the 79th annual Miss South Carolina Pageant. Spartanburg native Caitlin Alexandria Russell — a 2014 Dorman High School graduate and daughter of Walter and Brenda Russell — was crowned Miss Union County Fair on Oct. 18. She has since been





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