Farm Might Cause Stink
Lou and Judy Hodgis are owners of the Hodge Podge, a local ice cream shop in Arrow Rock. Their business survives off the tourists who come to visit the historic town.
However, a new hog farm is going to be moving close by, and Hodgis is worried the smell coming from the farm may cause business to drop.
"I feel that this farm is going to cause that to decline because people do not like the odor," explained Hodgis.
The owner of the soon-to-be hog farm feels the farm is far enough away that it won't affect Arrow Rock.
"A matter of fact Arrow Rock is over two miles away; it won't even effect the town," explained farm owner Dennis Gessling.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the permit for the hog farm after it met all regulations needed to build the farm. Hodgis feels the state needs to re-think its decision and consider the consequences it could have on the small town.
"It can't do anything but devastate the town of Arrow Rock, who actually survives on tourists," Hodgis said.
Gessling thinks people need to realize tourism should not be the main concern in Arrow Rock.
"I understand their concerns. It's not that I don't understand and don't appreciate the historic value of the town and surrounding areas, but in retrospect Arrow Rock was founded on agriculture, not tourism," Gessling said.
Whatever ends up happening, Lou and Judy Hodgis will continue to scoop ice cream and serve the tourists and residents of Arrow Rock.
Some of the people in Arrow Rock will continue to fight to try and prevent the hog farm from being built. Gessling has yet to decide when construction will begin on the farm.