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A century-old staple of downtown Newton is gone.
Landscapers were forced to cut down a 100-year-old maple tree outside the 1924 Courthouse on the downtown square on Thursday. The tree is dead and suffered root rot, said Catawba County Finance Director Rodney Miller.
â€śThe cooperative extension looked at it and diagnosed it with root rot,â€ť he said, adding that the stress of piled-up dirt and foot traffic over the years led to the problem.
Miller said the county didnâ€™t see any other stress or problems with the other maple trees in the area.
â€śI just hate it because itâ€™s an old and beautiful tree,â€ť Miller said.
Wise Landscaping and Tree Service was contracted to cut the tree down.
Company owner Travis Wise suspects the tree was 100 years old.
â€śI hate to see this old tree go,â€ť he said.