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Neighbors File Suit To Block 2,000 Hog Facility
Updated September 23, 2014 1:03 PM
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(COLUMBUS) - A Hog farmer faces a lawsuit from neighbors who want to block plans for a facility where some 2,000 hogs would be raised.

The lawsuit filed by Robert and Vickie Thayer seeks to reverse a Bartholomew County zoning board's decision in July to give farmer Jeff Shoaf permission to build the confined feeding operation a couple of miles from the town of Hope.

The lawsuit maintains that the board wrongly allowed the hog facility within a half mile of the small crossroads community of Old St. Louis. The suit says that violates a buffer zone from residential areas set by county ordinances.

Shoaf's attorney, Kristin Whittington, says he's followed the same process as any other livestock producer to construct such an animal facility.

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