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Scottsboro residents upset over trees cut near school stadium

SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

Residents in Scottsboro are up in arms over the decision to cut several large oak trees right in front of the high school football field.

Some say they think advertising is behind the move. The residents say they didn't know and they're not happy about it.

Officials with the local power board are not answering any questions only saying (falling limbs from the trees) could cause power outages.

"They could have saved a lot of angst by just getting Mr. Updyke to come over here and take care of these trees," said George Buckner, referring to Harvey Updyke, the Alabama football fan who poisoned the famed Toomer oaks in Auburn.

For decades, the trees had lined the roadway and a sight to behold,  but now they're gone.

"Number one: it loses aesthetics," said John Esslinger. "That's supposed to be our corridor that comes in from Guntersville which is supposed to be the pretty part of the city.

"I think it takes away from that."

Power company officials say they were a danger to prompting outages but not everyone is buying that argument.

"There are trees just as close to the power lines all the way down broad street right here," Buckner said. "They haven't taken those down."

But the trees are next to the football stadium and it seems few people knew.

"How did they get cut down?" asked Daryl Eustace of the Scottsboro school board. "Well, that's something we're still trying to figure out, I believe."

Some parents say hours after the cutting began they received an unrelated but ironic phone message: "Scottsboro city schools is undertaking a districtwide going green initiative."

Some people believe the real reason for the cutting is so those passing by the stadium can see the new advertising signs.

"I don't think they particularly look good but if that the way they want to raise money, at the same time, I don't think our trees should have to be sacrificed," Esslinger said.

Eustace believes there will be a discussion at the next school board meeting how the trees got cut.

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