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The Rodeo Walk of Fame plaque for Clay O'Brian Cooper disappeared in late April, but was later found

Toward the end of April, something disappeared from Molalla. Fortunately, sharp eyes and a good heart would see it return.

A Molalla Rodeo Walk of Fame plaque, one of many imbedded in the sidewalk concrete of downtown Molalla, came up missing.

COURTESY PHOTO: CONNIE SHARP - Kevin "Odie' Slate found and returned the Rodeo Walk of Fame plaque that had been removed from the Molalla Avenue sidewalk in late April.

The plaque had been donated by Tracy Cox in memory of her late husband, Robert, who was big fan of rodeo star Clay O'Brian Cooper. The plaque was imbedded just south of the "saw shop" on Molalla Avenue.

Most people involved thought the plaque was long gone, but that wasn't the case. Before a week was out, Kevin "Odie" Slate showed up with the plaque in hand. Turns out, he'd found it upside-down in a drain gutter just down the street from where the plaque had originally rested.

The undamaged plaque was reattached to its resting place in downtown Molalla.


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