Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:01:09 GMT
Last Friday, I wrote a column suggesting that the chairman and vice chairman of the board of trustees of Alabama State University should resign if they truly want to do what's best for the university. NoMore >>
By Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had joined the chorus. That's a big deal -- a really big deal -- because the governor of Alabama has the power to remove trustees from office.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:58:09 GMT
There's a new batch of fishermen/fisherwomen getting ready to learn the craft and they've got their rods and reels ready to go.Kids with the City of Greenville's summer youth program are preparing to learnMore >>
The City of Greenville and the Alabama Black Belt Adventures joined forces Thursday to teach kids about how to fish.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:36:44 GMT
Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.More >>
Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in...More >>
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn University says the century-old oak trees marking the entrance to campus, known as the Toomer's Corner Oaks, have continued to steadily decline in health over the summer and into the fall.
Showing signs of their poisoning by a powerful herbicide known as Spike 80DF, the two oaks - and a number of other plants in close proximity to them - are showing signs of decline.
The oaks have entire branches that appear to be dead, and the rest are sparsely covered with green and yellowish-brown leaves. In comparison, an oak tree a little over a block away in front of Funchess Hall is weighted-down with deep-green leaves, the brown coloring of it's branches barely visible.
Both Toomer's oaks continue their efforts to produce new foliage, but Spike 80DF works by blocking photosynthesis in the leaves, which quickly turn brown and die. The trees attempt to launch new shoots over and over but produce fewer leaves after each time as they burn through food and energy reserves.
Officials say the trees only have about 20 to 30 percent of the foliage in their canopy compared to in years past. A long-term prognosis is expected by spring.
Barricades continue to block passersby from walking on the soil directly under the trees, but Auburn has allowed fans the ability to continue the tradition of rolling the trees with toilet paper through the first two home football games of 2011.
The paper is cleaned from the branches by hand, not with high-pressure water hoses as used to be the case. Specialists say there is no evidence to suggest the trees are being harmed by the rolling.
The man accused of poisoning the iconic trees on Auburn's campus, Harvey Updyke, took credit for the poisoning of the trees during a call-in segment of a radio sports show earlier in the year saying it was in retaliation for how Auburn fans have treated Alabama fans in the past.
Updyke is charged with numerous crimes including Criminal Mischief. His trial is scheduled for October 31 in Lee County
Toomer's oaks getting sugar injection to battle poison Toomer's oaks show signs of growth Auburn: Toomer's leaves show no signs of poisoning Toomer's Corner trees to be replaced? Auburn committee suggests
12 East Delano Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36105