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May 3, 2011

Senate confirms new DNR Board chairman and board members

The South Carolina Senate recently confirmed four new members to the S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Gov. Nikki Haley appointed re-confirmed board member Caroline C. Rhodes of Charleston as the new chairman.

Rhodes represents the 1st Congressional District. Caroline and her husband, Dr. Malcolm M. Rhodes, are owners of The Charleston Angler; a fishing, outdoor apparel and fly-tackle shop. Rhodes manages the stores with four locations in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and Summerville. Rhodes grew up in Columbia and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Dr. and Mrs. Rhodes have two daughters.

"I am excited by the appointment of Caroline Rhodes by Gov. Haley as the new chairman of the DNR Board. She has tremendous leadership qualities and has been a great asset since her appointment as a board member in 2007. I am confident Chairman Rhodes will lead DNR to a new level of commitment in preserving our state's natural heritage," said agency director John Frampton. "I am also pleased to note the extensive outdoor experience of the newly appointed board members who all have considerable talents to accomplish DNR's goals as well as board members maintaining their seats and providing continuity between the previous board and newly confirmed board members."

Cary L. Chastain of Charleston was confirmed as the new Member at Large. Chastain owns numerous restaurants including Moe's Southwest Grill and Your Pie Pizza Company. Chastain graduated from Valdosta State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Communications with emphasis in Management and Marketing. He and his wife Anne have one child.

Michael E. "Mike" Hutchins of Lexington was confirmed as the board member representing the 2nd Congressional District. Hutchins started in the family business of Frank's Car Washes and now owns 10 locations in six counties. Hutchins is also an avid sportsman having hunted on four continents, 21 countries and in 19 states. He was Chairman of the Lexington Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and a national delegate for Ducks Unlimited. Hutchins attended the University of South Carolina. He and his wife Paula have three children and three grandchildren.

Larry L. Yonce of Johnston was confirmed as a board member representing the 3rd Congressional District. Yonce graduated from Presbyterian College and worked for C & S Bank of Georgia before entering the US Army as a Second Lieutenant, including a tour of The Republic of South Vietnam. Since 1971, he has been an associate with JW Yonce and Sons Farms and is presently co-owner in JW Yonce and Sons Farms, Inc. He also served as a trustee for Presbyterian College from 2002-2008.

Robert R. "Randy" Lowe of Hartsville was confirmed as a board member representing the 5th Congressional District. Lowe is the vice-president of Lowe's, Inc. in Darlington, and he previously served on the Darlington County Transportation Commission. He and his wife Lori Sims Lowe have one son.

Norman F. Pulliam of Spartanburg representing the 4th Congressional District and John P. Evans of Orangeburg representing the 6th Congressional District maintained their seats on the board. Evans was also elected by the board as Vice-Chairman at the April 14 meeting.

The Natural Resources Board meets monthly and sets policy for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is composed of five divisions: Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Land, Water and Conservation, Law Enforcement, Outreach and Support Services and the Marine Resources Division, based in Charleston.

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