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Judge rules against Nash chicken plant opponents

Posted June 2, 2011 10:43 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2011 12:55 p.m. EDT

— 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.