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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 COUNTY — Three football coaches from The University of South Carolina made a recruiting visit to Union County High School on Friday.
The Gamecocks' Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Shawn Elliott, and Receivers Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. visited former Gamecocks QB, Union County Head Coach

USC coaches visit high school

UNION COUNTY — Three football coaches from The University of South Carolina made a recruiting visit to Union County High School on Friday. The Gamecocks' Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Shawn Elliott, and Receivers Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. visited former Gamecocks QB, Union County Head Coach

UNION COUNTY — Union County Yellow Jackets basketball has begun to see the payoff from a long-term plan.
With a 12-8 season record (5-1 in region play), the Union County Yellow Jackets varsity boys basketball team has come a long way over the past two years.
Nine seniors graduated after the 2011-2012 season, when Union County finished secon

'The Circle' comes together

UNION COUNTY — Union County Yellow Jackets basketball has begun to see the payoff from a long-term plan. With a 12-8 season record (5-1 in region play), the Union County Yellow Jackets varsity boys basketball team has come a long way over the past two years. Nine seniors graduated after the 2011-2012 season, when Union County finished secon

UNION COUNTY — Students at Union County High School learned about the dangers of distracted driving through a program conducted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
On Wednesday and Thursday, South Carolina Highway Patrol Officer Gary Miller spent time with various Union County High School classes in the school gymnasium, teaching students

Texting and driving don't mix

UNION COUNTY — Students at Union County High School learned about the dangers of distracted driving through a program conducted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. On Wednesday and Thursday, South Carolina Highway Patrol Officer Gary Miller spent time with various Union County High School classes in the school gymnasium, teaching students

UNION — An upcoming event will offer a chance to meet a world class athlete who made an impact as a football player and changed the course of history as a pro wrestler.
Ron Simmons — a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame — will be the guest of honor at Trans-South Wrestling's Black History Mo

Simmons to conduct seminar

UNION — An upcoming event will offer a chance to meet a world class athlete who made an impact as a football player and changed the course of history as a pro wrestler. Ron Simmons — a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame — will be the guest of honor at Trans-South Wrestling's Black History Mo

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Red Devils girls basketball team picked up an impressive win over Ewing on Monday.
Coming into Monday evening's game — which was Homecoming for Lockhart — Ewing was ranked No. 1 in the conference with a 9-2 record, but the Lockhart girls came out victorious in the end in a final score of 26-24.
“Thi

Lockhart girls defeat Ewing

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Red Devils girls basketball team picked up an impressive win over Ewing on Monday. Coming into Monday evening's game — which was Homecoming for Lockhart — Ewing was ranked No. 1 in the conference with a 9-2 record, but the Lockhart girls came out victorious in the end in a final score of 26-24. “Thi

UNION COUNTY — Three Union County Yellow Jackets football players were named All-Region, and one was named the region's Defensive Player of the Year.
Union County's Cam Queen (senior defensive end), Caleb Henderson (senior defensive end) and Shi Smith (sophomore wide receiver) were each named All-Region for Region 3-AAA. On top of that, Quee

Three UCHS players named All-Region

UNION COUNTY — Three Union County Yellow Jackets football players were named All-Region, and one was named the region's Defensive Player of the Year. Union County's Cam Queen (senior defensive end), Caleb Henderson (senior defensive end) and Shi Smith (sophomore wide receiver) were each named All-Region for Region 3-AAA. On top of that, Quee

Lockhart boys suffer 44-38 loss

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Middle School boys basketball team dropped to 6-6 on the season after an overtime loss to Ewing on Monday. The Lockhart Red Devils fell to Ewing Middle in a final score of 44-38 in what was Lockhart's third overtime loss of the year. “Just like most of our games have gone all year, this one came down to the clo

UNION COUNTY — A Union County Yellow Jackets wrestler has won more than 100 matches.
Union County High School senior Shameek White reached a milestone in his wrestling career last Monday when he picked up his 100th match win against Chesnee. On Monday, Coach G.B. McDaniel told White his record was 99-43, letting him know how close he was to

More than 100 matches

UNION COUNTY — A Union County Yellow Jackets wrestler has won more than 100 matches. Union County High School senior Shameek White reached a milestone in his wrestling career last Monday when he picked up his 100th match win against Chesnee. On Monday, Coach G.B. McDaniel told White his record was 99-43, letting him know how close he was to

UNION — A fatal heart attack was the cause of a two-vehicle collision in Santuc earlier this month.
On Monday, Jan. 19, the SC Highway Patrol reported that a two-vehicle collision resulting in one fatality had occurred around 12:46 p.m. that day on SC 215 (Santuc Carlisle Highway) approximately three miles south of the City of Union.
Accord

Victim died of heart attack

UNION — A fatal heart attack was the cause of a two-vehicle collision in Santuc earlier this month. On Monday, Jan. 19, the SC Highway Patrol reported that a two-vehicle collision resulting in one fatality had occurred around 12:46 p.m. that day on SC 215 (Santuc Carlisle Highway) approximately three miles south of the City of Union. Accord

Lockart defeats Whitmire 43-30

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Red Devils picked up a win over Whitmire on Thursday. In the middle of Spirit Week at Lockhart School, the Lockhart Middle School boys basketball team improved its overall record to 6-5 with a win over Whitmire in a final score of 43-30. The Red Devils are still in the hunt for a playoff spot with only two games left

UNION COUNTY — Two Union County High School seniors each scored their thousandth career point during the same game.
UCHS Lady Jackets basketball players Chelise “CeCe” Morman and Mariana Eison are both five-year varsity players. They became close friends while in 7th grade, when they began to play basketball together.
“I r

UCHS seniors reach milestone

UNION COUNTY — Two Union County High School seniors each scored their thousandth career point during the same game. UCHS Lady Jackets basketball players Chelise “CeCe” Morman and Mariana Eison are both five-year varsity players. They became close friends while in 7th grade, when they began to play basketball together. “I r

UNION — The Union County Recreation Department will continue its annual tradition of offering fathers and daughters a night to remember in February.
The Union County Recreation Department (UCRD) will host its 17th annual Father/Daughter Dance from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the UCRD gymnasium, located at 111 Thomas St. in Union.
The even

'A night to remember'

UNION — The Union County Recreation Department will continue its annual tradition of offering fathers and daughters a night to remember in February. The Union County Recreation Department (UCRD) will host its 17th annual Father/Daughter Dance from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the UCRD gymnasium, located at 111 Thomas St. in Union. The even

UNION COUNTY — The Union County boys varsity basketball team defeated Lancaster in a final score of 63-52 on Tuesday.
The leading scorer of Tuesday's game was junior Kurtlin Rice, who scored 21 points, and he was followed closely by junior Quan Hardy with 19 points and junior Tre Eison with 14 points. Hardy also led in rebounds with 11 defen

UCHS defeats Lancaster 63-52

UNION COUNTY — The Union County boys varsity basketball team defeated Lancaster in a final score of 63-52 on Tuesday. The leading scorer of Tuesday's game was junior Kurtlin Rice, who scored 21 points, and he was followed closely by junior Quan Hardy with 19 points and junior Tre Eison with 14 points. Hardy also led in rebounds with 11 defen

UNION — The business at Tuesday's Union City Council meeting included the acceptance of two bids and the renewal of a longtime program.
In its first order of business, council awarded Smith Backhoe & Construction the bid for the demolition of the Ellen Sagar Booster Pump Station. Six bids for the job were received at 2 p.m. Jan. 13, and

City awards $227,000 in bids

UNION — The business at Tuesday's Union City Council meeting included the acceptance of two bids and the renewal of a longtime program. In its first order of business, council awarded Smith Backhoe & Construction the bid for the demolition of the Ellen Sagar Booster Pump Station. Six bids for the job were received at 2 p.m. Jan. 13, and

SANTUC — The death of a Newberry County man killed Monday in a wreck in Union County is a “tremendous loss” for the Newberry County community, the superintendent of Newberry County Schools said.
Donald C. Saylor, 64, was killed after the van he was driving south on S.C. 215 (Santuc-Carlisle Highway) in Union hit a logging truck a

Newberry County man killed in wreck in Union

SANTUC — The death of a Newberry County man killed Monday in a wreck in Union County is a “tremendous loss” for the Newberry County community, the superintendent of Newberry County Schools said. Donald C. Saylor, 64, was killed after the van he was driving south on S.C. 215 (Santuc-Carlisle Highway) in Union hit a logging truck a

UNION — Monday night's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration included messages of inspiration and love.
The Union County branch of the NAACP held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Monday evening at Sims Middle School. The theme of the event was “Justice and Equality: Making an Assessment of the Dream.&

Live and love together

UNION — Monday night's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration included messages of inspiration and love. The Union County branch of the NAACP held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Monday evening at Sims Middle School. The theme of the event was “Justice and Equality: Making an Assessment of the Dream.&

SANTUC — A collision between two vehicles left one person dead this (Monday) afternoon.
L/Cpl Gary Miller of the SC Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred around 12:46 p.m. on SC 215 (Santuc-Carlisle Highway) approximately three miles south of the City of Union.
Miller said the accident occurred when a 2012 Chevrolet van traveli

One killed in collision

SANTUC — A collision between two vehicles left one person dead this (Monday) afternoon. L/Cpl Gary Miller of the SC Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred around 12:46 p.m. on SC 215 (Santuc-Carlisle Highway) approximately three miles south of the City of Union. Miller said the accident occurred when a 2012 Chevrolet van traveli

Lockhart girls defeat Blacksburg

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Middle School girls basketball team defeated Blacksburg in a final score of 23-11. Coach Seth Whitehead said he is glad the girls were able to get a win for such a great home crowd. “I'm so proud of this team,” Whitehead said. “They played solid defense and played unselfish basketball on offense, yo

LAURENS — Union native Leah Lawson is going — or technically has already gone — to Hollywood!
“This is probably one of the biggest secrets I have ever kept!” Leah said after Wednesday's episode of American Idol.
She received a “yes” from each of the three celebrity judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urb

Lawson wins 'golden ticket'

LAURENS — Union native Leah Lawson is going — or technically has already gone — to Hollywood! “This is probably one of the biggest secrets I have ever kept!” Leah said after Wednesday's episode of American Idol. She received a “yes” from each of the three celebrity judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urb

UNION COUNTY — A meeting was held Tuesday evening to bring this year's Union County Relay for Life team captains up to speed regarding fundraising efforts.
Union County Relay for Life Chair Beth Lancaster welcomed team captains to the meeting held at Tabernacle Baptist Church and mentioned that several of her friends had been diagnosed with

A godsend to those battling cancer

UNION COUNTY — A meeting was held Tuesday evening to bring this year's Union County Relay for Life team captains up to speed regarding fundraising efforts. Union County Relay for Life Chair Beth Lancaster welcomed team captains to the meeting held at Tabernacle Baptist Church and mentioned that several of her friends had been diagnosed with





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