Mayor Henry L. Nichols, now at home and doing well following a hospital stay has released the following statement:

“We are excited to confirm the visit of our U.S. Representative Congress-man Tom Rice for our first town hall meeting, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Loris Public Safety Building located at 3909 Walnut Street, Loris.

“I encourage all citizens of Loris to attend this town hall meeting and show the support of our city. Congressman Rice will discuss issues and funding opportunities specific to the city of Loris. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity.”

“Last week I was hospitalized and I am grateful for the outpouring of support for my family and me during my recent hospitalization. I appreciate every phone call, text, visit, flowers, food, hugs and word of encouragement that my wife, Veda, and I received during my hospitalization. Following my surgery, I will continue to be under the care of a competent group of physicians as I continue the work of the city.

“I communicate regularly with members of the City Council, department heads and citizens of Loris. The business of the city continues and we are working well together as a team.”

“Again, thank you all for your prayers and concerns. I will be forever grateful as we continue ‘Moving Forward Together.’”

Rice also announced another upcoming public district event in Loris taking place prior to the town hall meeting. Rice will take part in another of his “Coffee with Your Congressman” informal meetings at Shorty’s Grill, 4115 Meeting St., from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

These free, open to the public events are a key part of his outreach and constituent service. 


Constituents will have the opportunity to meet with Rice and discuss federal issues and upcoming legislation. 

According to Rice’s website,, he has been a resident of Horry County since the age of 4 and has a deeply rooted connection to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas.

Rice serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and also serves on the Small Business Committee and the Committee on the Budget.

Before being elected to United States Congress in November 2012, Rice was the chairman of Horry County Council where his main focus was on job creation. By reviving the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, he increased jobs in the area.