Rose bush missing from downtown planter

A rose bush that had survived in a concrete planter downtown for 10 years was missing Thursday morning and the man who planted it was not happy.

Lee McPike said he found the bush, which was in front of Main Street Wholesale Furniture at 1613 Main St. missing and knew it was there Wednesday because he had cleaned trash out of the planter where the bush was located.

“My mother wanted me to plant it and she has been gone for four years now,” McPike said.

McPike said whoever took the plant “snatched it out by the roots.”