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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 — Over $6,000 was raised during a fundraiser for two local groups on Saturday.
A Belk fashion show was held at the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church Gymnasium as a fundraiser for The Miracle League of Union County All-Inclusive Playground and the Union Civitan Club. Models for the fashion show were Miracle League players, families and friends.

Event raises $6,000

UNION — Over $6,000 was raised during a fundraiser for two local groups on Saturday. A Belk fashion show was held at the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church Gymnasium as a fundraiser for The Miracle League of Union County All-Inclusive Playground and the Union Civitan Club. Models for the fashion show were Miracle League players, families and friends.

UNION — Sims Middle School held its semi-annual Black History program on Friday.
The program in the school gymnasium included performances by the school orchestra and Sims Singers, original poetry, poetry recitations and theatrical performances.
The guest speaker of Friday's event was Jada A. Kidd, Ed.S, the Principal of the Spartanburg Fre

Able to soar above the rest

UNION — Sims Middle School held its semi-annual Black History program on Friday. The program in the school gymnasium included performances by the school orchestra and Sims Singers, original poetry, poetry recitations and theatrical performances. The guest speaker of Friday's event was Jada A. Kidd, Ed.S, the Principal of the Spartanburg Fre

Tuesday, March 3
• The Union County Beekeepers Association meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Clemson Extension Meeting Room at the fairgrounds.
Light refreshments are served at 6:30 and the program begins at 7 p.m. Jim Stevens will tell how to install packaged bees.
Everyone interested in bees is encouraged to attend.
Clemson University Cooperati

Interpretive movement performance

Tuesday, March 3 • The Union County Beekeepers Association meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Clemson Extension Meeting Room at the fairgrounds. Light refreshments are served at 6:30 and the program begins at 7 p.m. Jim Stevens will tell how to install packaged bees. Everyone interested in bees is encouraged to attend. Clemson University Cooperati

UNION — Representatives from the Clemson Extension Office say the time for local youth to register for the 2014 4-H Pullet Project is now.
“It may be cold now, but spring will be here before you know it and the days will be getting warmer,” said 4-H agent Ann Brock. “With that in mind, you know you want to join the fun of r

Pullet Project registration under way

UNION — Representatives from the Clemson Extension Office say the time for local youth to register for the 2014 4-H Pullet Project is now. “It may be cold now, but spring will be here before you know it and the days will be getting warmer,” said 4-H agent Ann Brock. “With that in mind, you know you want to join the fun of r

UNION — A Union County Recreation Department basketball team took the league championship for the second straight year.
The Rec. Department team known as The Heat — for ages 6-9 — won its final game of the season Tuesday night, putting them at 9-1 for the season.
The Heat's roster includes TJ Garner, Gregory Garner, Jaylon Farr,

A repeat for The Heat

UNION — A Union County Recreation Department basketball team took the league championship for the second straight year. The Rec. Department team known as The Heat — for ages 6-9 — won its final game of the season Tuesday night, putting them at 9-1 for the season. The Heat's roster includes TJ Garner, Gregory Garner, Jaylon Farr,

UNION COUNTY — Three UCHS basketball players have been recognized throughout their region.
Two players from the Yellow Jackets boys basketball team — UCHS juniors Kurtlin Rice (PG, SG) and Quan Hardy (SF, PF) — were selected to the Region III-AAA All-Region Team.
From the Union County girls basketball team, Mariana Eison (G) was

Three honored in basketball

UNION COUNTY — Three UCHS basketball players have been recognized throughout their region. Two players from the Yellow Jackets boys basketball team — UCHS juniors Kurtlin Rice (PG, SG) and Quan Hardy (SF, PF) — were selected to the Region III-AAA All-Region Team. From the Union County girls basketball team, Mariana Eison (G) was

MONARCH — Topics discussed at Monday night's Union County Fire Chiefs Association meeting included enforcement of firefighter training requirements, a new county ordinance, countywide joint efforts on the part of all departments and officer elections.
At the end of Monday's meeting, new officers were elected. Jimmy Wilkins was elected presid

Chiefs discuss fire services

MONARCH — Topics discussed at Monday night's Union County Fire Chiefs Association meeting included enforcement of firefighter training requirements, a new county ordinance, countywide joint efforts on the part of all departments and officer elections. At the end of Monday's meeting, new officers were elected. Jimmy Wilkins was elected presid

UNION — A run was held on Monday to foster awareness about American Heart Month 2015.
Medi Home Hospice and Tri-County Home Health sponsored a free 5K run/walk at Foster Park on Monday in observance of American Heart Month.
Penny Adamo of Medi Home Hospice said she was happy to see participation in large numbers, thanks to “The Brat P

Celebrate American Heart Month

UNION — A run was held on Monday to foster awareness about American Heart Month 2015. Medi Home Hospice and Tri-County Home Health sponsored a free 5K run/walk at Foster Park on Monday in observance of American Heart Month. Penny Adamo of Medi Home Hospice said she was happy to see participation in large numbers, thanks to “The Brat P

UNION COUNTY — The Arthur State Bank Junior Board of Directors sponsored a special guest speaker for an assembly at Union County High School on Friday.
Joel Penton is a graduate of Ohio State University who played five years of college football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of three Big Ten championship teams, a member of the National Ch

Making the right commitments

UNION COUNTY — The Arthur State Bank Junior Board of Directors sponsored a special guest speaker for an assembly at Union County High School on Friday. Joel Penton is a graduate of Ohio State University who played five years of college football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of three Big Ten championship teams, a member of the National Ch

UNION — Four local “voices” will celebrate an anniversary this weekend.
The Voices of Truth will celebrate three years as a group with a special event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Crestview Baptist Church, which is located at 1100 Furman Fendley Highway, Union. David Earl Lawson of Cross Keys will also perform at the celebrati

Group celebrates 3rd anniversary

UNION — Four local “voices” will celebrate an anniversary this weekend. The Voices of Truth will celebrate three years as a group with a special event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Crestview Baptist Church, which is located at 1100 Furman Fendley Highway, Union. David Earl Lawson of Cross Keys will also perform at the celebrati

UNION — City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson was the guest speaker of an event to commemorate Black History Month at USC Union.
USC Union student groups Men and Women on a Mission and AAA (African American Association) held their annual Black History Month program in the university's auditorium on Wednesday afternoon. The event featured guest

Black History celebrated

UNION — City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson was the guest speaker of an event to commemorate Black History Month at USC Union. USC Union student groups Men and Women on a Mission and AAA (African American Association) held their annual Black History Month program in the university's auditorium on Wednesday afternoon. The event featured guest

UNION — Family and friends of a Whitmire native gathered at the Union County Airport on Thursday to watch him fly on his last day as a military pilot.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Bill Strickland joined the South Carolina Air National Guard in 1989 and began active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1992.
Strickland flew a U.S. Coast Guard hel

One last military flight

UNION — Family and friends of a Whitmire native gathered at the Union County Airport on Thursday to watch him fly on his last day as a military pilot. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Bill Strickland joined the South Carolina Air National Guard in 1989 and began active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1992. Strickland flew a U.S. Coast Guard hel

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District announced Thursday afternoon that Will Hickson resigned from his duties as Union County Athletic Director.
Thursday's announcement from the school district explained that Hickson asked to resign as AD, and Union County Career Center Assistant Director Michelle James was named Interim AD to begi

Hickson resigns as AD

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District announced Thursday afternoon that Will Hickson resigned from his duties as Union County Athletic Director. Thursday's announcement from the school district explained that Hickson asked to resign as AD, and Union County Career Center Assistant Director Michelle James was named Interim AD to begi

UNION — Nearly 100 family members, co-workers and friends held a memorial and balloon release in front of Walmart in celebration of the life of an associate who passed away on Saturday.
On Thursday afternoon, family, friends and co-workers of Amy Michelle “Pixie” Green gathered in front of Walmart in Union to celebrate Green's li

'We love you, Pixie'

UNION — Nearly 100 family members, co-workers and friends held a memorial and balloon release in front of Walmart in celebration of the life of an associate who passed away on Saturday. On Thursday afternoon, family, friends and co-workers of Amy Michelle “Pixie” Green gathered in front of Walmart in Union to celebrate Green's li

UNION COUNTY — The Monarch Fire Department was recognized for a generous donation to the Union County Career and Technology Center on Monday.
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 b

Fire department honored

UNION COUNTY — The Monarch Fire Department was recognized for a generous donation to the Union County Career and Technology Center on Monday. 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 b

UNION COUNTY — An NBA star and former Yellow Jackets standout had his high school jersey retired during a special ceremony on Tuesday.
Between the girls' and boys' basketball games at Union County High School on Tuesday evening, the No. 35 Yellow Jackets jersey of Trevor Booker was retired during a special ceremony led by Principal Floyd Lyl

UCHS retires No. 35

UNION COUNTY — An NBA star and former Yellow Jackets standout had his high school jersey retired during a special ceremony on Tuesday. Between the girls' and boys' basketball games at Union County High School on Tuesday evening, the No. 35 Yellow Jackets jersey of Trevor Booker was retired during a special ceremony led by Principal Floyd Lyl

UNION COUNTY — Yellow Jacket football players who were in attendance at Monday's school board meeting applauded as they heard the board's decision to renew Coach Steve Taneyhill's contract through the next football season.
The public attendance at Monday evening's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees was unusually high, leavi

Contract renewed

UNION COUNTY — Yellow Jacket football players who were in attendance at Monday's school board meeting applauded as they heard the board's decision to renew Coach Steve Taneyhill's contract through the next football season. The public attendance at Monday evening's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees was unusually high, leavi

UNION — Trans-South Wrestling's Black History Month celebration included an appearance by a legendary sports figure on Saturday.
TSW's event at Union County Fairgrounds on Saturday was headlined by a special appearance by WWE Hall of Famer and College Football Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, who is recognized as the first African-American world c

Simmons hopes to inspire

UNION — Trans-South Wrestling's Black History Month celebration included an appearance by a legendary sports figure on Saturday. TSW's event at Union County Fairgrounds on Saturday was headlined by a special appearance by WWE Hall of Famer and College Football Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, who is recognized as the first African-American world c

UNION — A local elementary school drama club successfully pulled off three performances of a popular musical on Thursday.
The Foster Park Elementary School Drama Club presented “Annie,” which was directed by faculty members T.J. Tyler and Amy Truitt. The group performed three shows on Thursday — two performances during the

FPES students perform 'Annie'

UNION — A local elementary school drama club successfully pulled off three performances of a popular musical on Thursday. The Foster Park Elementary School Drama Club presented “Annie,” which was directed by faculty members T.J. Tyler and Amy Truitt. The group performed three shows on Thursday — two performances during the

UNION COUNTY — An NBA star and former Union County Yellow Jacket will have his number retired during a special ceremony on Tuesday.
Union County High School athletic director and head basketball coach Will Hickson announced Friday that the No. 35 jersey worn by current Utah Jazz power forward and former Union County standout Trevor Booker wi

Booker's number to be retired

UNION COUNTY — An NBA star and former Union County Yellow Jacket will have his number retired during a special ceremony on Tuesday. Union County High School athletic director and head basketball coach Will Hickson announced Friday that the No. 35 jersey worn by current Utah Jazz power forward and former Union County standout Trevor Booker wi





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