AuburnTrees Poisoned

Friday, 18 February 2011

AuburnTrees Poisoned
Auburn trustee Jimmy Rane 'devastated' at attack on Toomer's Corners trees

Great Southern Wood CEO and Auburn trustee Jimmy Rane said this afternoon that he is "devastated" about the poisoned the Toomer's Corners trees.

Rane, speaking to the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce at Birmingham Country Club, said the trees are "an integral part of Auburn" and that those responsible should be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Rane, famous for his "Yella Fella" commercials, said he was speaking as a trustee. ( Read AuburnTrees Poisoned more... )

Auburn Tree Poisoning and 5 Other Pranks Born of College Rivalries

College rivalries are the stuff of legend, but some Southern football fans may have taken things too far with a recent prank.

A University of Alabama fan stands accused of poisoning -- yes, poisoning -- 130-year-old trees at Toomer's Corner, a famous intersection where the Auburn University campus meets the town.

A man was arrested in connection with the stunt, which first came to the public's attention after someone called into a sports radio show and claimed that he had poisoned the trees because of a long-standing Auburn-Alabama grudge. Soon after, officials confirmed that the trees had been poisoned with an herbicide called Spike 80DF, or tebuthiuron. ( Read Auburn Trees Poisoned more... )

Auburn Trees Poisoned

Auburn Trees Poisoned, Auburn University has shown that less than 24 hours after confirmation of the poisoning of two trees on the historic campus of the school, police arrested a man and charged him in connection with the poisoning. At a news conference Thursday morning, representatives of the College, said Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, of Dadeville, AL was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the poisoning of trees in Auburn History Corner Toomer is. Updyke lasts and 50,000 bonds. ( Read Auburn Trees Poisoned more... )

Auburn Trees Poisoned: A College Rivalry Gone Too Far

Much to my dad’s dismay, I didn’t go to a college that had a football team. To this day, some of his greatest joy is derived from watching Penn State’s Nittany Lions take on just about anyone on a Saturday afternoon. My husband feels the same about LSU’s Tigers.

Still, I understand the loyalty to one’s college football team (kind of), and distracting kids from the rigors of academic life on the weekends can easily be a healthy hobby, but what I really don’t get is when the competition between teams escalates to anything beyond some salty language yelled in the parking lot to a fan wearing the enemy’s colors (and even then, I’m not sure I really get it). ( Read Auburn Trees Poisoned more... )

Auburn Oak Trees Deliberately Poisoned, Officials Say

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University says someone deliberately poisoned trees at Toomer's Corner, where fans have long celebrated big wins and hundreds gathered after the Tigers won the football national championship on Jan. 10.

The university said in a statement Wednesday that a herbicide commonly used to kill trees was applied "in lethal amounts" to the soil around the two trees, and that they likely can't be saved. ( Read Auburn Trees Poisoned more... )

3-point stance: Poisoning trees no prank

1. Pranks are one thing. What has happened at Auburn is no prank. Here’s hoping that the poisoning of the oaks at Toomer’s Corner will make every Alabama and Auburn fan rethink how they feel about the rivalry and realize how much they need each other. And here’s hoping that anyone venal, juvenile and mentally deficient enough to commit such an act is also stupid enough to brag about it and get caught. I’d say that’s a pretty good bet. ( Read Auburn Trees Poisoned more... )

Alabama-Auburn Rivalry Reaches New Low: Tree Poisoning

Sweet Home Alabama, where skies are so blue (and the trees are rotting from poison).

It's come to this, the 130-year-old oaks in Auburn's majestic Toomer's Corner have been poisoned and are in the process of dying. No one knows who's responsible, but anyone with an IQ above 16 -- insert SEC fan joke here -- suspects Alabama Crimson Tide partisans are to blame. After all, no one else hates Auburn this badly. Not even close. Now the South's biggest mystery since Who shot J.R.? is unfurling across the region. ( Read Auburn Trees Poisoned more... )

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