Columbia issues boil-water advisory

Columbia is advising water customers on part of Rosewood Drive to boil their tap water before drinking it after a water main break at Rosewood Drive and Assembly Street on New Year's Day.

The boil-water advisory is for water customers on Rosewood between Assembly and Superior streets. A loss of pressure in the water system could result in bacterial contamination. People should boil the water for a minute before consuming it.

Anyone else in the area whose house lost water pressure also should boil water before drinking it, city officials said in a news release Friday.

The advisory is in place until further notice.

The water main break temporarily shut down several major streets Friday morning near the South Assembly Street-Rosewood Drive intersection. Columbia police closed parts of Assembly Street, George Rogers Boulevard and Rosewood Drive early Friday, but the streets were reopened later in the day.

- Sammy Fretwell

Hotels in Charleston offering deals

CHARLESTON - One South Carolina city is starting off the new year with some deals for its neighbors.

Now through the end of March, a number of Charleston hotels and attractions are offering special deals to folks from North Carolina and Georgia, as well as South Carolina.

The program is called "Good Neighbors, Great Getaways."

Tripp Hays, group sales chairman for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says it's to thank Southern neighbors who have often been guests in Charleston.

The specials are available to those who live in the three states and show proof of residency.

- The Associated Press

Georgetown's new mayor takes over

GEORGETOWN - When the clock struck midnight Thursday, the city of Georgetown got a new mayor along with the new year.

Jack Scoville was sworn in as the city's mayor at noon Thursday, but did not officially become mayor until Friday.

More than 75 people attended the swearing-in ceremony for the city's first new mayor in more than a decade. Scoville is replacing Lynn Wood Wilson, who had led the city since 1995.

"I was very humbled, very moved," Scoville said.

"I don't want to micromanage the city," Scoville said. "I want our staff to be able to do their jobs. During my campaign, I promised I would do the best I could."

Scoville said the top three things he would like to see in the next year are the hiring of an economic development director, an internal efficiency review of all departments, and a start to such capital improvement projects as drainage, upgrading the Harborwalk and implementing town redesign recommendations.

- The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News