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Authorities say fire at textile mill was arson


HONEA PATH, S.C. --- Investigators say a fire at a vacant South Carolina textile mill was intentionally set.

Multiple media outlets reported that authorities are investigating the Friday morning blaze at the Chiquola Mill in Honea Path as arson.

Several fire departments responded and quickly got the fire under control. Half of the warehouse burned to the ground, but the flames didn't spread to the main building.

Officials say there were several points of origin for the fire. The State Law Enforcement Division says its investigation could take several weeks.

Officers adopt system for controlling inmates

CHARLESTON --- Corrections officers in one South Carolina jail have a new system for controlling unruly inmates.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Saturday that 10 Charleston County jail officers recently completed training to become part of the Special Operations Group.

Officers are equipped with helmets, a Kevlar vest and a Mossberg shotgun with a laser pointer to shoot rubber rounds.

The new unit will eventually replace the five-member teams that barged into cells and physically wrestled inmates to the ground. U.S. Corrections, a government contractor, provided the training through a federal grant.

In other news

THE POST AND COURIER of Charleston reported Saturday that the congregation of St. Andrew's Church in Mount Pleasant voted to align itself with the conservative Anglican Church in North America over the national Episcopal church's positions on same-sex unions and ordination of gays.