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Snellville officials recognize South Gwinnett, Brookwood high schools

SNELLVILLE - Two Gwinnett high schools were well represented at Snellville's Monday night City Council meeting.

South Gwinnett's mens basketball coach of seven years, Roger Fleetwood, was presented with a resolution penned by councilman Bruce Garraway. Fleetwood, who is leaving Snellville to move back to Indiana, said he was honored to be recognized by the mayor and council.

"When I applied for this job I had never even heard of Snellville. We had planned to retire here until our daughter moved our grandchildren back to Indiana," Fleetwood said.

Garraway thanked Fleetwood for his contribution to both the school and the community, saying, "You have made quite an impact here, and we will miss you."

South Gwinnett High School brought home three regional titles and the 2004 state championship under Fleetwood's coaching.

"I would not have had a job here if not for the dedicated and talented young men at South," Fleetwood said.

Brookwood high school was recognized by the council Monday night for winning the regional championship in Gwinnett County's Georgia Mock Trial Competition. The competition is held each year and is sponsored by the Young Lawyers division of the Georgia State Bar Association. The Gwinnett competition is the largest in the state.

Colleen Blankenship, the Brookwood teacher and coach of the winning team, said the trial consists of prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, timekeepers and even a courtroom artist, all played by students. Gwinnett Juvenile Court Judge Phyllis Miller, Rep. Warren Auld and Roger Tatum also coached the Brookwood team.

Garraway remarked that he had the opportunity to attend the state competition Saturday and was very impressed.

"These young people, coaches and teachers are to be commended for their time and hard work," Garraway said.

False name and obstruction ordinance passed

At police Chief Roy Whitehead's request, Snellville council members adopted an ordinance Monday night that makes it illegal for anyone to provide a false name, address, Social Security number or any other identifying information to a police officer.

The ordinance also makes it illegal for anyone to follow a police officer who is transporting a prisoner, either on foot or in a vehicle.

Nob Hill area to get water, sewer improvements

Residents of the Nob Hill subdivision will see improvements to both the water and sewer systems in their area over the next couple of years.

According to a spokesman for the Gwinnett Department of Public Utilities, water mains will be replaced sometime in 2007.

The existing Knollwood pump station will be replaced early in 2007.

New check valves will be installed in the subdivision to equalize the water pressure, and the water tank on U.S. Highway 78 will be demolished in a couple of weeks.