A local business owner was recently recognized for his long-standing support for anti-drug programs.
Chris Nichols, the owner of the McDonald's franchise in Craig, was honored Thursday with a plaque commemorating his support of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Nichols' restaurant has hosted the annual pancake breakfasts that are SAPP's major fund-raiser for the last 15 years.
"It's always great to be recognized for participating in this kind of program," Nichols said. "I was surprised I didn't know they were going to do that. It's great. I'm just happy to see the program still in existence, and a group of people who are committed to making it work. They really do all the work. I just provide the funding mechanism."
Nichols first got involved after then Craig Police Chief Glen Sherman ran an article stating Sherman's concern over increasing drug use in the local schools.
"Glen was looking to create a group to help deal with the problem," Nichols said. "I gave him a call and told him I was willing to do what I could. I came up with the funding idea the pancake breakfast and the group started to put together programs are about increasing the awareness of the effects of substance abuse among kids."
SAPP promotes a drug, alcohol and tobacco free life-style through a variety of programs and speakers geared towards elementary and middle school children, and offers scholarships for high school students.