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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 — The Union County School District Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Ireton.
Mrs. Ireton currently teaches special education grades 9-12 in the KEYS program and Advanced Placement Psychology for grades 11 and 12 at Union County High School. She is a 1995 graduate of Jonesville High School. Upon graduation from high sc

Ireton is UCSD Teacher of the Year

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Ireton. Mrs. Ireton currently teaches special education grades 9-12 in the KEYS program and Advanced Placement Psychology for grades 11 and 12 at Union County High School. She is a 1995 graduate of Jonesville High School. Upon graduation from high sc

Congratulations to The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) for a successful Opening Day for their spring season. Look for more photos and information about The MLUC in upcoming editions of The Union Daily Times and at www.uniondailytimes.com.

Miracle League has successful opening day

Congratulations to The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) for a successful Opening Day for their spring season. Look for more photos and information about The MLUC in upcoming editions of The Union Daily Times and at www.uniondailytimes.com.

UNION — The USC Union Players are gearing up for a two-show stage production.
The USCU Players will present “Boeing, Boeing” by Marc Camoletti (translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans and produced by special arrangements with Samuel French) at 6:30 p.m. April 17 and April 18 in the USC Union Auditorium. Admission will be fr

Just playing around

UNION — The USC Union Players are gearing up for a two-show stage production. The USCU Players will present “Boeing, Boeing” by Marc Camoletti (translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans and produced by special arrangements with Samuel French) at 6:30 p.m. April 17 and April 18 in the USC Union Auditorium. Admission will be fr

UNION — Consumers and employees were honored during Union Services' annual awards day on Friday.
Both clients and staff were recognized at Union Services' annual awards day celebration. The group also celebrated their move back into the Union Services building — which now has several upgrades — in February.
Union Services' Carol

Union Services shines

UNION — Consumers and employees were honored during Union Services' annual awards day on Friday. Both clients and staff were recognized at Union Services' annual awards day celebration. The group also celebrated their move back into the Union Services building — which now has several upgrades — in February. Union Services' Carol

UNION — Trans-South Wrestling will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a full pro wrestling card featuring a double main event this Saturday.
The Union-based pro wrestling promotion — Trans-South Wrestling (TSW) — will present a double main event of two championship matches, with bell time at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the

Trans-South Wrestling has double main event set for Saturday

UNION — Trans-South Wrestling will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a full pro wrestling card featuring a double main event this Saturday. The Union-based pro wrestling promotion — Trans-South Wrestling (TSW) — will present a double main event of two championship matches, with bell time at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the

UNION COUNTY — Health Science students at Union County High School have an opportunity twice a week to learn more about careers in the medical field while they eat lunch.
A dozen UCHS students gathered in Room 600 of the Union County Advance Technology Center during lunch on Thursday for a program known as “Lunch and Learn.” The

'Lunch and Learn' at UCHS

UNION COUNTY — Health Science students at Union County High School have an opportunity twice a week to learn more about careers in the medical field while they eat lunch. A dozen UCHS students gathered in Room 600 of the Union County Advance Technology Center during lunch on Thursday for a program known as “Lunch and Learn.” The

UNION — The Sims Tigers baseball team won two straight games in a double header on Wednesday.
The Sims Middle School baseball team rebounded from a tough 12-0 loss to Spartanburg's C team by defeating Jonesville twice on Wednesday.
Sims won Game 1 of the double header with a final score of 7-0. Sims pitcher Garrison Hendrix threw a one-hitt

Sims wins doubleheader

UNION — The Sims Tigers baseball team won two straight games in a double header on Wednesday. The Sims Middle School baseball team rebounded from a tough 12-0 loss to Spartanburg's C team by defeating Jonesville twice on Wednesday. Sims won Game 1 of the double header with a final score of 7-0. Sims pitcher Garrison Hendrix threw a one-hitt

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Middle School baseball team picked up an 8-5 win over Landrum on Tuesday.
Lockhart's win moved the Red Devils' record to 5-1 for the year. The winning pitcher was Jason Millwood, who pitched all five innings of play and allowed only three hits with four strikeouts.
Lockhart's leading hitters were Chandler Northern &#

Lockhart defeats Landrum

LOCKHART — The Lockhart Middle School baseball team picked up an 8-5 win over Landrum on Tuesday. Lockhart's win moved the Red Devils' record to 5-1 for the year. The winning pitcher was Jason Millwood, who pitched all five innings of play and allowed only three hits with four strikeouts. Lockhart's leading hitters were Chandler Northern &#

UNION COUNTY — Union County High School varsity and JV soccer teams each picked up wins on Monday and took losses on Tuesday.
The Union County varsity Yellow Jackets girls soccer team defeated Lewisville in a score of 2-0 on Monday, with goals scored by Hanna Goodfellow and Madison Fowler. Madison Phipps got the shutout with six saves.
The

JV, varsity win and lose

UNION COUNTY — Union County High School varsity and JV soccer teams each picked up wins on Monday and took losses on Tuesday. The Union County varsity Yellow Jackets girls soccer team defeated Lewisville in a score of 2-0 on Monday, with goals scored by Hanna Goodfellow and Madison Fowler. Madison Phipps got the shutout with six saves. The

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble placed second among statewide competition on Saturday.
The UCHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble placed second in the SCBDA State Winter Ensemble Championship at York High School. The group continues to represent Union County well at the annual competition, coming off a first-p

UCHS Ensemble places second

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble placed second among statewide competition on Saturday. The UCHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble placed second in the SCBDA State Winter Ensemble Championship at York High School. The group continues to represent Union County well at the annual competition, coming off a first-p

UNION — A meeting on an Arizona race track led two reality TV stars to visit Union last weekend and share their faith.
Fred “The Enforcer” Slack and Denise “The Huntress” Mirro — stars of the TV show U.S. Bounty Hunters — met Union resident Bobby Hicks earlier this month at the first IHRA race of the year,

'U.S. Bounty Hunters' visit Union church

UNION — A meeting on an Arizona race track led two reality TV stars to visit Union last weekend and share their faith. Fred “The Enforcer” Slack and Denise “The Huntress” Mirro — stars of the TV show U.S. Bounty Hunters — met Union resident Bobby Hicks earlier this month at the first IHRA race of the year,

UNION — A meeting on an Arizona race track led two reality TV stars to visit Union last weekend and share their faith.
Fred “The Enforcer” Slack and Denise “The Huntress” Mirro — stars of the TV show U.S. Bounty Hunters — met Union resident Bobby Hicks earlier this month at the first IHRA race of the year,

'U.S. Bounty Hunters' visit church

UNION — A meeting on an Arizona race track led two reality TV stars to visit Union last weekend and share their faith. Fred “The Enforcer” Slack and Denise “The Huntress” Mirro — stars of the TV show U.S. Bounty Hunters — met Union resident Bobby Hicks earlier this month at the first IHRA race of the year,

SPARTANBURG — The defending state champion Union County Yellow Jackets batted their way through five teams to win the Lady Rebel Varsity Invitational hosted by Byrnes High School.
The Lady Jackets (9-0) defeated five teams in 26 innings on Saturday, including Byrnes in the championship game of the tournament. The Yellow Jackets shut out Byrn

Lady Jackets win championship

SPARTANBURG — The defending state champion Union County Yellow Jackets batted their way through five teams to win the Lady Rebel Varsity Invitational hosted by Byrnes High School. The Lady Jackets (9-0) defeated five teams in 26 innings on Saturday, including Byrnes in the championship game of the tournament. The Yellow Jackets shut out Byrn

UNION — The 5th annual Upcountry Literary Festival proved successful as it provided even more additions this year.
One change to this year's festival was that the majority of presentations were given on Saturday rather than Friday. Friday's events in the USC Union Auditorium ran from 1-5:30 p.m. and included Michel Stone, Jon Sealy, Mark Sib

Awards help conclude festival

UNION — The 5th annual Upcountry Literary Festival proved successful as it provided even more additions this year. One change to this year's festival was that the majority of presentations were given on Saturday rather than Friday. Friday's events in the USC Union Auditorium ran from 1-5:30 p.m. and included Michel Stone, Jon Sealy, Mark Sib

UNION — After a hard-fought battle by both teams, Lockhart defeated Sims in a final score of 12-10 on Wednesday.
The Lockhart Middle School baseball team moved to 3-1 on the season after Wednesday's game against Sims Middle School.
Sims had a 10-2 lead over Lockhart early in the game, but Lockhart came back to score four runs in the bottom

Lockhart defeats Sims 12-10

UNION — After a hard-fought battle by both teams, Lockhart defeated Sims in a final score of 12-10 on Wednesday. The Lockhart Middle School baseball team moved to 3-1 on the season after Wednesday's game against Sims Middle School. Sims had a 10-2 lead over Lockhart early in the game, but Lockhart came back to score four runs in the bottom

UNION — The 5th annual Upcountry Literary Festival kicked off with a successful day on Friday.
USC Union's annual Upcountry Literary Festival began Friday with speakers including Michel Stone, Jon Sealy, Mark Sibley-Jones, Tally Johnson, John Lane and Shelby Stephenson in the USC Union Auditorium. Events also included remarks from John Lane,

Festival off to a good start

UNION — The 5th annual Upcountry Literary Festival kicked off with a successful day on Friday. USC Union's annual Upcountry Literary Festival began Friday with speakers including Michel Stone, Jon Sealy, Mark Sibley-Jones, Tally Johnson, John Lane and Shelby Stephenson in the USC Union Auditorium. Events also included remarks from John Lane,

COLUMBIA — A longtime Yellow Jacket coach will be honored with an induction into a statewide hall of fame tonight.
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association announced that Coach Joe Pitt — former varsity basketball coach at Union High School and Union County High School — will be one of four coaches to be inducted into it

Pitt joins Hall of Fame

COLUMBIA — A longtime Yellow Jacket coach will be honored with an induction into a statewide hall of fame tonight. The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association announced that Coach Joe Pitt — former varsity basketball coach at Union High School and Union County High School — will be one of four coaches to be inducted into it

SPARTANBURG — Two Union County High School basketball players were selected to play in an All-Star game last week in Spartanburg.
Two Union County Yellow Jackets — Mariana Eison and Chelise “CeCe” Morman — were selected to play in the All-Star game last Friday, March 13, at Spartanburg Day School. Eison was named R

Two chosen for All-Star game

SPARTANBURG — Two Union County High School basketball players were selected to play in an All-Star game last week in Spartanburg. Two Union County Yellow Jackets — Mariana Eison and Chelise “CeCe” Morman — were selected to play in the All-Star game last Friday, March 13, at Spartanburg Day School. Eison was named R

UNION — The Sims Middle School softball team picked up two big wins over Boiling Springs on Thursday.
Sims shut out Boiling Springs 16-0 in Game 1 of Thursday's double header. Sims' Adelynn Ferrell pitched a no-hitter. Zacoria Favors was two for two; Macee Chesnut was two for three; Shy Means was two for two; and Jordan Morris was one for th

Sims shuts out Boiling Springs

UNION — The Sims Middle School softball team picked up two big wins over Boiling Springs on Thursday. Sims shut out Boiling Springs 16-0 in Game 1 of Thursday's double header. Sims' Adelynn Ferrell pitched a no-hitter. Zacoria Favors was two for two; Macee Chesnut was two for three; Shy Means was two for two; and Jordan Morris was one for th

UNION — Tuesday evening's meeting of the Union City Council involved the first reading of an ordinance amendment and two decisions to move in the direction of improvements to the city.
The first item of business at the meeting involved the first reading of an amendment to Zoning Ordinance Code Section 115.1 — Body Piercing and Other Di

City to define tattoo parlors

UNION — Tuesday evening's meeting of the Union City Council involved the first reading of an ordinance amendment and two decisions to move in the direction of improvements to the city. The first item of business at the meeting involved the first reading of an amendment to Zoning Ordinance Code Section 115.1 — Body Piercing and Other Di





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