The Norman Transcript

Local news

June 14, 2013

Moore Veterans Memorial to be repaired

NORMAN — The May 20 tornado in Moore ripped trees from their roots and branches from their trunks, but two long-deceased trees stood strong as the Veterans Memorial Park was torn apart around them.

In 2009, four trees in the park died, but instead of simply cutting them down, the city of Moore staff decided to do something special for the Moore Veterans Memorial being built in the park at the time. They removed the trees and sent them to Clayton Coss, a chainsaw artist in Inola.

Coss’ chainsaw

magic transformed the dead trees into four life-size wooden soldiers, each representing a major war since the end of World War I: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Afghanistan/Iraq War. More than 200 people came to watch the dedication of the soldiers at a ceremony on May 15, 2010, according to the city of Moore website.

Three years and five days later, a tornado that packed more than 200 mph winds ravaged Moore along with the community’s Veterans Memorial Park. Trees were stripped bare, telephone poles fell to the ground and fencing, bathrooms, a playground and a pavilion were all destroyed.

Two of the wooden soldiers were torn from their mountings and knocked over, but two remained standing through the storm, Coss said. Three of the four statues’ rifles broke off, but everything that was damaged can be repaired.

The statues are now back with their sculptor in Inola, where they will be repaired and hopefully returned to their home in Moore by Veterans Day, Moore Assistant City Manager Stan Drake said.

“I’m going to try to turn it around in two weeks, but recarving rifles takes quite a bit of work,” Coss said.

The rest of the park’s damage will be assessed and repaired once the city has finished clearing debris out of the area, which is already mostly done, Drake said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Norman High student argues his way to the top

    Knowing the ins and outs of an argument that involves complex research is the type of skill one expects a high paid attorney to have not a high school student. Yet debate competitor Nicky Halterman has been arguing his way to the top of ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Baker home 3 Moore resident lands in new home 14 months after tornado

    She crawled from the rubble of what used to be her home. The neighborhood was destroyed. It was the afternoon of May 20, 2013, and Jamie Baker was homeless....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Shelter construction ongoing; residents voice concerns

    A regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Shelter Oversight Board prompted Norman residents to speak up about more than just a photo release issue Monday night involving Friends of the Animals of Norman volunteers and the city of Norman. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 8:20 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of West Lindsey Street · 9:04 a.m. stolen vehicle, 3400 block of Bart Conner Drive · 9:11 a.m. larceny report, 1200 block of Ed ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Casey Dawn Sanders, 37, obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud · Amiremad Nayebyazdi, ...

    July 30, 2014

  • OU officials confirm student died in car wreck

    University of Oklahoma officials confirmed Tuesday that recent car wreck victim Taylor Witcher was an OU student in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Witcher died after a three-car collision around 12:35 a.m. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Woman charged after Sunday shooting A Norman woman was charged after shooting several rounds toward a residence Sunday. When officers found her, she exhibited signs of intoxication and had drugs on her, records show. Teresa Renee Haas, ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Medical marijuana initiative behind voter registrations push in the state

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Medical marijuana may be the state’s newest gateway drug — to voting....

    July 30, 2014