Hundred-year-old tree to be chopped down in Ardmore

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ARDMORE -- A century old tree is coming down in Ardmore to make room for progress.

Today, crews began clearing the area in front of Mercy Memorial where the new CVS Pharmacy will be built at 12th and Commerce Streets.

Citizens got word of it and began a campaign to keep the 100-year-old pecan tree alive.

The workers left it standing for now but say it will have to come down eventually to make way for the 13,000 square foot building and parking lot.

"I think of the things this tree has witnessed, the lives driven by it… people who homesteaded this part of Oklahoma…it's as old as Oklahoma," said Ardmore resident Regina Turrentine.

Although they may not be able to save this tree, advocates are motivated to convince commissioners to pass an ordinance to protect trees in the future.