Courthouse tree removal caused a stir
One of the most talked-about topics of 2013 was that of the courthouse trees.
A report showing that seven of the 11 trees on the Haywood County courthouse lawn pose a high risk to life or property was cited by the county commissioners as the reason for action.
An arborist's report indicated that the six maple trees, the showy foliage which those opposed to the idea cited most often as a crying shame to lose, were planted in the early 1970s. The other trees replaced were estimated to be between 80 and 100 years old.
Many weighing in on the subject indicated they preferred the new look as it showed off the beauty of the 1932 historic courthouse and allowed those on Main Street to again see the mountains from that part of town.
Others lamented the loss of shade, color and history the trees offered.