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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

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests:
— Richard Donald McBride III, 38, of 308 Alman Street, Jonesville, was charged with criminal domestic violence around 4:23 a.m. May 2. According to the incident report, McBride threw a woman to the ground in an attempt to keep her from leaving a room at Knights Inn, located at

Crime Report

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests: — Richard Donald McBride III, 38, of 308 Alman Street, Jonesville, was charged with criminal domestic violence around 4:23 a.m. May 2. According to the incident report, McBride threw a woman to the ground in an attempt to keep her from leaving a room at Knights Inn, located at

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets boys tennis team travels to Eastside High School in Taylors today (Tuesday, May 5) to play in the first round of playoffs.
Team members who will play include Caleb Vanderford, Jacob Gault, Jack James, Ben Stone, Dylan Haire and Grant Harris.
The team finished the season with a 9-4 (4-4) record.

Yellow Jackets face Eastside

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets boys tennis team travels to Eastside High School in Taylors today (Tuesday, May 5) to play in the first round of playoffs. Team members who will play include Caleb Vanderford, Jacob Gault, Jack James, Ben Stone, Dylan Haire and Grant Harris. The team finished the season with a 9-4 (4-4) record.

UNION COUNTY — Eleven positions in three departments of Union County will be be eliminated and numerous outside agencies will no longer receive county funding due to budget cuts for the next fiscal year.
During a budget work session on Thursday, the Union County Council prepared a budget which will be presented for first reading on May 12.

11 positions eliminated

UNION COUNTY — Eleven positions in three departments of Union County will be be eliminated and numerous outside agencies will no longer receive county funding due to budget cuts for the next fiscal year. During a budget work session on Thursday, the Union County Council prepared a budget which will be presented for first reading on May 12.

COLUMBIA — A Union County High School senior basketball player was honored with statewide recognition.
Mariana Eison was selected for the 2014-2015 AAA Girls All-State Team by the High School Sports Report-South Carolina High School League (HSSR-SCHSL).
Eison received a trophy at the 29th annual HSSR Winter Sports All-State Banquet At Seawe

Eison named to All-State Team

COLUMBIA — A Union County High School senior basketball player was honored with statewide recognition. Mariana Eison was selected for the 2014-2015 AAA Girls All-State Team by the High School Sports Report-South Carolina High School League (HSSR-SCHSL). Eison received a trophy at the 29th annual HSSR Winter Sports All-State Banquet At Seawe

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets boys tennis team finished regular season play with a loss to Broome on Tuesday.
The team's record for the season is 9-4 (4-4) after their 5-2 loss to Broome. The team will prepare for playoffs, which begin May 5. Coach Tom Adamo said they will most likely travel to Eastside or Travelers Rest for

Jackets fall to Broome 5-2

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets boys tennis team finished regular season play with a loss to Broome on Tuesday. The team's record for the season is 9-4 (4-4) after their 5-2 loss to Broome. The team will prepare for playoffs, which begin May 5. Coach Tom Adamo said they will most likely travel to Eastside or Travelers Rest for

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of School Trustees approved the expansion of a project in place and agreed to consider the purchase of two school buses during this week's meeting.
After reporting the monthly budget report on the district's financial performance, Financial Officer Lynn Lawson made two recommendations.
Lawson's first re

Tennis court repair project expanded

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of School Trustees approved the expansion of a project in place and agreed to consider the purchase of two school buses during this week's meeting. After reporting the monthly budget report on the district's financial performance, Financial Officer Lynn Lawson made two recommendations. Lawson's first re

UNION — The Sims Tigers football team has partnered with Trans-South Wrestling to host a fundraiser event this Saturday.
A pro wrestling event to raise money for the Sims Tigers football team will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 2, in the Sims Middle School Gymnasium.
The event will include a full card of pro wrestling matches, with

Sims Tigers fundraiser Saturday

UNION — The Sims Tigers football team has partnered with Trans-South Wrestling to host a fundraiser event this Saturday. A pro wrestling event to raise money for the Sims Tigers football team will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 2, in the Sims Middle School Gymnasium. The event will include a full card of pro wrestling matches, with

CLEMSON — Former Union County Yellow Jacket and current NBA star Trevor Booker returned to his alma mater, Clemson University, last week to hear students pitch business ideas.
Booker played under head coach Joe Pitt at Union High School, and during his senior year (2005-2006), he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina. He a

Booker returns to Clemson

CLEMSON — Former Union County Yellow Jacket and current NBA star Trevor Booker returned to his alma mater, Clemson University, last week to hear students pitch business ideas. Booker played under head coach Joe Pitt at Union High School, and during his senior year (2005-2006), he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina. He a

JONESVILLE — Two local high school seniors were awarded scholarships by a local prayer group.
Di'Aundrea Thomas and Kortney Means — both seniors at Union County High School — were each presented with scholarships from the Union County Prayer Movement.
The Union County Prayer Movement was founded by Union High School graduate Eld

Two receive scholarships

JONESVILLE — Two local high school seniors were awarded scholarships by a local prayer group. Di'Aundrea Thomas and Kortney Means — both seniors at Union County High School — were each presented with scholarships from the Union County Prayer Movement. The Union County Prayer Movement was founded by Union High School graduate Eld

LOCKHART — Concerned citizens of Lockhart and the surrounding area had questions for representatives DHEC and the EPA regarding harmful smoke from an ongoing landfill fire across the Chester County line.
Lockhart Power hosted a meeting with representatives from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) and the U.S.

Residents want answers

LOCKHART — Concerned citizens of Lockhart and the surrounding area had questions for representatives DHEC and the EPA regarding harmful smoke from an ongoing landfill fire across the Chester County line. Lockhart Power hosted a meeting with representatives from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) and the U.S.

UNION — Union City Council passed readings of two ordinances, approved three resolutions, and awarded two work bids during a meeting which followed a budget work session.
The city council held a budget work session Tuesday, which was immediately followed by a regular meeting. During the work session, City of Union Finance Director Walker Gal

City has $555,870 deficit

UNION — Union City Council passed readings of two ordinances, approved three resolutions, and awarded two work bids during a meeting which followed a budget work session. The city council held a budget work session Tuesday, which was immediately followed by a regular meeting. During the work session, City of Union Finance Director Walker Gal

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets baseball team picked up a win over Clinton Tuesday and now prepare for a rival game on the road today.
On Tuesday, the Union County Yellow Jackets defeated the Clinton Red Devils in a final score of 3-2.
Clinton scored early in the first inning, and Union County responded with two runs in the s

Jackets defeat Red Devils 3-2

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets baseball team picked up a win over Clinton Tuesday and now prepare for a rival game on the road today. On Tuesday, the Union County Yellow Jackets defeated the Clinton Red Devils in a final score of 3-2. Clinton scored early in the first inning, and Union County responded with two runs in the s

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Lady Jackets softball team improved its season record to 18-2 as they picked up another win in Clinton.
Union County defeated Clinton on Tuesday evening with a final score of 18-1.
Union County pitcher Ashley Vinson delivered 12 strikeouts in five innings. Union County's leading hitters were Payton Martin and

Lady Jackets defeat Clinton 18-1

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Lady Jackets softball team improved its season record to 18-2 as they picked up another win in Clinton. Union County defeated Clinton on Tuesday evening with a final score of 18-1. Union County pitcher Ashley Vinson delivered 12 strikeouts in five innings. Union County's leading hitters were Payton Martin and

UNION — The Union City Council voted to support several local projects on Tuesday during a meeting held following a budget work session.
Miss Union County Fair 2015 Caitlin Russell spoke to council, requesting a sponsorship from the City of Union as she prepares to represent Union County at the 2015-2016 Miss South Carolina Pageant, which wi

City approves sponsorships

UNION — The Union City Council voted to support several local projects on Tuesday during a meeting held following a budget work session. Miss Union County Fair 2015 Caitlin Russell spoke to council, requesting a sponsorship from the City of Union as she prepares to represent Union County at the 2015-2016 Miss South Carolina Pageant, which wi

UNION COUNTY — Local students will have the opportunity to receive help on the basketball court from an NBA star.
Trevor Booker — Utah Jazz power forward and former standout for Clemson and Union County High School — will host his annual basketball camp June 5-6 at Union County High School. The camp has traditionally been a one-d

Booker hosting basketball camp

UNION COUNTY — Local students will have the opportunity to receive help on the basketball court from an NBA star. Trevor Booker — Utah Jazz power forward and former standout for Clemson and Union County High School — will host his annual basketball camp June 5-6 at Union County High School. The camp has traditionally been a one-d

My son has been wronged

To the editor: I'm writing this letter because I am beyond angry about a recent situation in Union County, and I believe your readers would be interested to know this story from my perspective. No matter what age your child is, nothing upsets you more than when you feel your child has been wronged. Four years ago, my son Derik started Trans-Sout

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 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 — 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





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