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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 — A fire that did up to $4,000 worth of damage to a vacant house Christmas morning is currently under investigation.
Fire Commander Larry Robinson said that Union firefighters were dispatched to 104 Woodrow Street at 11:32 a.m. Thursday in reference to a report of a structure fire. He said that firefighters would remain there for nearl

Fire damages vacant house

UNION — A fire that did up to $4,000 worth of damage to a vacant house Christmas morning is currently under investigation. Fire Commander Larry Robinson said that Union firefighters were dispatched to 104 Woodrow Street at 11:32 a.m. Thursday in reference to a report of a structure fire. He said that firefighters would remain there for nearl

UNION — The Sims Middle School wrestling team has had an impressive season so far, and Coach Jon Langenfeld said the team continues to improve.
In their first two matches of the season, Sims dominated, defeating McCracken in a score of 72-17 and Woodruff in a score of 69-22.
Sims also dominated the Laurens Raider Rumble tournament, with nin

Sims finishes first at tournament

UNION — The Sims Middle School wrestling team has had an impressive season so far, and Coach Jon Langenfeld said the team continues to improve. In their first two matches of the season, Sims dominated, defeating McCracken in a score of 72-17 and Woodruff in a score of 69-22. Sims also dominated the Laurens Raider Rumble tournament, with nin

UNION COUNTY — The UCHS varsity wrestling squad placed 3rd at the Westwood Duals tournament on Saturday.
Union County High School competed against 11 other teams at Westwood High School in Richland County. Coach GB McDaniel said Shameek White was the team's outstanding wrestler in the tournament, going 4-0 for the day. The entire team manage

UCHS wrestlers place 3rd in tournament

UNION COUNTY — The UCHS varsity wrestling squad placed 3rd at the Westwood Duals tournament on Saturday. Union County High School competed against 11 other teams at Westwood High School in Richland County. Coach GB McDaniel said Shameek White was the team's outstanding wrestler in the tournament, going 4-0 for the day. The entire team manage

UNION COUNTY — A local organization's Christmastime project provided gifts for shut-ins of Union County.
Blue Ridge Hospice sponsored a “Senior Santa” program for Union County shut-ins — not just hospice patients — which included delivery of gifts donated by members of the community. Some of the items included slipper

Everyone thought of at Christmas

UNION COUNTY — A local organization's Christmastime project provided gifts for shut-ins of Union County. Blue Ridge Hospice sponsored a “Senior Santa” program for Union County shut-ins — not just hospice patients — which included delivery of gifts donated by members of the community. Some of the items included slipper

UNION COUNTY — Like most local fire departments, Philippi Volunteer Fire Department is struggling, but the firefighters involved are determined to keep the Philippi FD in service.
The Philippi Fire Station has been in existence since 1979, and in the past week, Philippi Fire Chief Chris Wilbanks was reappointed as chief by the department's b

An extremely tight budget

UNION COUNTY — Like most local fire departments, Philippi Volunteer Fire Department is struggling, but the firefighters involved are determined to keep the Philippi FD in service. The Philippi Fire Station has been in existence since 1979, and in the past week, Philippi Fire Chief Chris Wilbanks was reappointed as chief by the department's b

CARLISLE — After several years of effort, the construction of a new fire station in Carlisle officially kicked off with a ground breaking ceremony on Saturday.
Mike Spencer, Chair of the Fire Control Board of Carlisle, said the board had three goals when he became chair in 2007 — to build a new fire station, to get a new fire truck and

Ground broken for Carlisle fire station

CARLISLE — After several years of effort, the construction of a new fire station in Carlisle officially kicked off with a ground breaking ceremony on Saturday. Mike Spencer, Chair of the Fire Control Board of Carlisle, said the board had three goals when he became chair in 2007 — to build a new fire station, to get a new fire truck and

College football bowl, playoff schedule

From the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 23 to the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Jan. 12, here's a look at the 2014-15 college football bowl lineup and playoff schedule: 2014-15 College Football Bowl And Playoff ScheduleBoca Raton Bowl — Marshall vs. Northern Illinois Boca Raton, Fla. — FAU Stadium Dec

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





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