RIDGEVILLE -- The snow out her window made Llewellyn Reed feel like she was in Austria again. Then she saw the tree.

Her century-old magnolia had had come apart like a petal, its four massive trunks splintered and fallen from the huge bowl they used to form. The magnolia had stood as tall as her two-story house. It stood longer than Reed had, and she is 87 years old. It felt like losing a lifelong companion.

Great trees are more than just greenery; they are part of people's lives.

Read more in tomorrow's the Post and Courier.