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Judge rules against Nash chicken plant opponents

Posted June 2, 2011

— A  Superior Court judge has derailed a lawsuit by 30 Nash and Wilson County residents trying to block a poultry processing operation.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported Thursday that Judge Russell Duke Jr. found no evidence that Nash County violated normal zoning practices in approving the site for Sanderson Farms.

Residents said the 150-acre tract in southern Nash County should not have been rezoned for industrial use specifically to accommodate the plant.

The residents' lawyer, Jim Rogerson, said the county should have considered other potential uses for the land before offering it as an incentive to Sanderson Farms.

It is not yet known if the residents will appeal the judge's ruling.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 7, 2011

    @keepin_it_real, do you understand symbolism? Do you understand that some people (like children) will only understand something until after it's too late?

    You see, there are some people who value things, like drinking water, that doesn't have to go through reverse osmosis or be trucked in from some yet, untainted, part of the globe. YMMV and you may not mind a water filter. But, what about in a couple of decades? And, what about a few decades after that? Do we just let businesses run make money...without regard to the future? If so, why not remove all restrictions from this company?...and let them dump ALL their animal fluids and parts into the city sewer system?

  • Joe Friday Jun 3, 2011

    For those that are ignorant to the facts and view this as a political issue between lefty liberals and righty conservatives, you could be no further from the reality of the situation. As a life time strong conservative and an opponent of the chicken slaughter industry locating at this location in Nash County, my fellow opponents are as diversified in their political views as the day is long. There are times for even us strong conservatives to hug a tree and this is one of them.

  • Arapaloosa Jun 3, 2011

    I guess the only jobs liberals want are government jobs. And, btw, if this company did hire illegals, they should be imprisoned for breaking federal law.

  • the river rat Jun 2, 2011

    No problem. The case will be appealed and this time it'll be heard in Raleigh, not in a court so readily influenced by outside interests. Good news is we now get free delay time for a year or so.

    There's more than one legal challenge left to be leveled on this fiasco so it wouldn't be a real good idea to start building a chicken coop just yet. In the mean time, we get free delay time for a year or so.

  • BSmart Jun 2, 2011

    Tune in tomorrow for "As the Chicken Squirms!" A saga of crooked politicians, a rich CEO who wants to get richer, and a community of hard working taxpayers trying to save their property and quality of be continued.....

  • hbj01 Jun 2, 2011

    This entire story sounds so much like the story a few years back in Greene County. The group "Citizens for Responsible Growth" fought tooth and nail to keep a regional landfill from coming to Greene County and since winning you never hear from them? Where are all these responsible people when it comes to promoting and searching for responsible industries to come to low income areas? Everyone expects the government to find us jobs and then a few fight against most that do try to come? It would be nice if they could put that much money and energy into promoting these area's.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 2, 2011

    Hate these folk lost that battle and hope they do appeal. I'm sure next election they'll vote out these people. Hope that little bit of money was worth it them.

  • pinball wizard Jun 2, 2011

    The only group sitting on piles of money is the government. They take if from you or just print up some more. Now, they seem to be doing both at a tyrannical rate.

  • bowhunterjunkie Jun 2, 2011

    They are not sitting on money.

    What rock did you just crawl out from under. They MAKE a HUGE profit every year. They are sitting on HUGE PILES of money!!

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Jun 2, 2011

    "Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."

    Yep, and we can't wait to cut that last tree and poison that last river. Sheesh. Liberals are sooo funny.