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Sugar Hill commemorates past and present

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill commemorated both its distant and recent past Monday night.

In separate proclamations, its City Council at its monthly meeting honored the donor of a 19th-century document, as well as director of a sports program for which the city has become widely known.

Before a larger gallery than usual, the council presented a proclamation to Joe Hamilton, thanking him for donating a 1838 ledger his distant family acquired from a general store in old town Sugar Hill, originally on Hog Mountain Road approaching Oakwood. The document, which the city plans to preserve and display in its new city hall, lists credits extended to some of Sugar Hill’s founders more than a century before it migrated some eight miles to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 20 and was chartered in 1939.

Until receiving the now oldest link to its origin, Mayor Gary Pirkle said Gwinnett County’s third-largest city had “nothing yet that quite reaches this level of what Mr. Hamilton has done for us.”

The other proclamation recognized Craig Magram, founder of i9 Sports, the city’s recreation program begun at its city parks in 2007. That fall, i9 Sports began co-ed flag football with approximately 110 players. Now, the program features four sports leagues of approximately 800 players.

“Craig has been an ambassador for Sugar Hill for many years,” Pirkle said. “I’ve never heard anyone walk away from his group having something bad to say.”