Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — Celebration Program 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Day Celebration Program 2018

“Citizens of Marion, Marion County, and The Pee Dee Region Invite You!

When: Monday, January 15, 2018 — 11:00AM
Where: The Door of Hope Christian Church
401 Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard
Marion, South Carolina 29571
Hosts: Bishop Michael & Pastor Malinda Blue

“All are welcome! Come and help to promote a renewed Spirit of Unity in our Cities, our County, our Region, and Beyond!”

For more information, call Mr. Alan Ammons at 843-423-5961

Welcome Home Robert and Burnett Lee

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the welcoming home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee. It took many minds to get the Lee family back into safe, sanitary, and secure housing, but we did it! Their home was damaged beyond repair and needed to be raised two feet above base flood elevation. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the organizations and volunteers, this family will be able to sleep in a brand new home! We would like to thank the following for their dedicated efforts: Marion County Habitat for HumanityCentral Carolina Community FoundationSC State HousingMarion County Recovery – OfficialSBP, Christian Aid Ministries, and the Nichols Disaster Recovery Steering Committee! We would also like to thank the Nichols Street Department crew, Tony Gamble and Scott Elliott for assembling the basketball goal for Mr. Lee, Hi-Tec Signs, Inc. for making our “Welcome Home” sign, and Walmart Marion for making the beautiful cake! Without these combined efforts this project would not have been possible!

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Announcement #1:
Please be advised that the Nichols Town Hall staff is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma. We are in discussions regarding the Town’s preparations in the event that our area is impacted. Once we receive more information we will post an update to our Facebook page. We ask you to share any information that is posted with your friends and family.

Hurricane Irma Announcement #2:
While it is undetermined if Irma will impact our area, we still want our residents in the Town of Nichols and surroundings areas to be prepared. In the event that our area is evacuated Marion High School will be used as a shelter. If you have any questions please contact the Nichols Town Hall.

Hurricane Irma Announcement #3:
The American Red Cross has provided a Hurricane Safety Checklist to assist in the preparation of Hurricane Irma. While the path of Irma is still undetermined, we ask everyone to begin preparing for the hurricane in the event that our area is impacted. The checklist has been posted on our Facebook page and copies of this checklist will be available at Nichols Town Hall.

Hurricane Irma Announcement #4:
– Irma’s path and impact to our area is still to-be-determined, however, we are asking that everyone secure their trash cans, either by tying them down or placing them in your utility building, after the Friday morning trash pickup. We also ask that everyone secure anything in or around your yard that could be removed or damaged by strong winds.
– While we do not know if or how bad Irma will impact our area, we ask that everyone begin preparing! The Red Cross Hurricane Check List is available at the Nichols Town Hall! PREPARATION IS VERY IMPORTANT!

We continue to monitor Irma as well as communicating with local and State agencies. We will continue to update our Facebook page as we receive more information!

Hurricane Irma Announcement #5:
Due to Irma’s current path there are no plans to open shelters in Marion County at this time. We ask that you keep an eye on Irma as her path could change at any moment. It is best to be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. We will continue to update our website and Facebook page as more information becomes available.

Houston, Texas and Surrounding Areas

To our brothers and sisters in Houston, Texas, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We understand, first hand, the devastation that has occurred, as our Town was severely flooded in October of 2016. To the families that have lost loved ones due to the flood waters, please accept our condolences. As the days, weeks months, and years pass, you will be faced with many trials and tribulations as you attempt to rebuild your city, homes, businesses, and lives. We have faith that as long as you remain optimistic, vigilant, and #HoustonStrong in your recovery efforts, you will rebuild and come back bigger and better than ever. We stand #NicholsStrong and #HoustonStrong for you.

To our Nichols residents, as we are quickly approaching the 1 year anniversary, we ask you to persevere in your own recovery and keep our neighbors in Houston in your thoughts.

Public Town Hall Meeting

A Public Town Hall Meeting will be held on August 8, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  This meeting is being hosted by the Nichols Town Hall Staff and Disaster Relief Steering Committee. All citizens are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Date and Time:                                                              
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nichols Special Events
402 W Mullins Street
Nichols, SC 29581

                                                              Town Hall Meeting Agenda

Welcome: Mayor Battle (5min)
Meeting Purpose: to discuss the rehabilitation of the community, complexities which we face and work through, and direction going forward. All Town Administrative discussion will be reserved for the upcoming Town Council Meeting. Introductions (5min)

Nichols Disaster Relief Fund: Chairman Wayne George (10min)
1. Financial Update
2. Project Reporting

County Codes Enforcement & Surveyors (10min)
Understanding FEMA Base Flood Elevation and enforcement in Marion County

Palmetto Disaster Recovery (5min)
Applying for assistance before November 2017

Disaster Recovery Office & HORNE Contract Team (10min)
Eligibility for home rehabilitation/replacement and the process of returning residents to safe, sanitary, and secure housing.

Community Q&A (1hr)
Questions asked will be answered by most knowledgeable representative


Welcome Home Party

Source: Rita Pratte

The Nichols Disaster Relief Steering Committee would like to thank you everyone who joined us in the welcoming home of Ms. Carolyn Boykin and recognizing with us the completion of several additional projects this month. A special thank you to our construction management partner, the Marion County Long-term Recovery Construction Consortium, our sponsors, and dedicated volunteers.

We would like to thank our partners, Marion County Healthcare Foundation, Marion County Long-term Recovery Group, SBC Disaster Relief, Central Carolina Community Foundation, SBP, UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief, Marion County Habitat for Humanity, Palmetto Disaster Recovery, and a special thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers for their efforts in rebuilding homes and lives. We would also like to thank BI-LO in Mullins for donating the cake that was served during the celebration.
Pictured in photograph from left to right: Carolyn Johnson (Palmetto Disaster Recovery Case Manager), Carolyn Boykin (Nichols Resident), Lawson Battle (Mayor of Nichols)
Please visit our Facebook page to see additional photographs from this event

Every Town of Nichols Resident Must Register With Palmetto Disaster Relief

It is imperative that every Town of Nichols resident registers with the Palmetto Disaster Relief case managers. While you may not think that you will qualify to receive funding, there are many options for you to receive help with your home. To register with the Palmetto Disaster Relief case managers please do one of the following options:

-Call: 1-888-860-7137

– Visit Marion Address: 2523 E Highway 76, Marion, SC 29571

-Contact via Email Address: contact@palmettodisasterrecovery.com