Vine appeals ruling on cattle business

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 26, 2003

WOODVILLE &045;&045; Centreville cattleman Lew Vine has appealed a municipal court ruling that his business violated a town ordianance, according to documents filed in the Wilkinson County Circuit Clerk’s office on Monday.

Centreville residents Hampton Lea and Daniel Courtney both filed charges against Vine on Nov. 4. The two claimed Vine violated a local ordinance against keeping animals that are &uot;offensive to the eyes, ears or nose.&uot;

Vine operates Vine Cattle Conditioning adjacent to Mississippi 24 and Hospital Road in Centreville.

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Lea and Courtney are among several residents who live near Vine’s operation and have complained to local officials the business creates an offensive odor and generates flies.

At a hearing on Dec. 1, a Centreville judge ruled Vine had violated the ordinance and ordered him to pay a $500 fine and serve 15 days in jail but suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow time for Vine to correct the violation or appeal the decision.

Records indicate Vine posted a $500 appearance bond pending a ruling on his appeal.