HISTORIC TREES GONE Historic Oak Trees At St. Albans High School Football Field Cut Down
Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Nov. 30, 2012 8:41 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
It's the end of an era, and some shade, as two old oak trees in St. Albans are cut down.
The trees certainly stood the test of time at the end zone of St. Albans High School's football field, and some people wanted them to stay there. One man filed a temporary restraining order against school officials to prevent the trees from being cut down, but because the trees were rotting and suffered severe damage during the summer derecho, it wasn't safe for them to stay. Monday, a judge dissolved that restraining order and the trees came down.
"None of us really want to cut down trees and we realize that they have value not only to the environment, but to the people in that community," says Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring. "But the point is, if we had trees that could be dangerous and we knew that and something happened then we'd be totally held liable and responsible for anything that occurred."
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