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Snellville to celebrate 90th birthday

SNELLVILLE — The celebration of Snellville’s 90th anniversary will begin Monday, with a birthday cake at a gathering of past and present leaders at the monthly City Council meeting.

The festivities include a proclamation to the Snellville Historical Society to mark the occasion, and a rendition of Happy Birthday, lead by Mis Brookwood 2013 Ariana Stringfellow.

“Snellville has changed a great deal in 90 years, but our citizens still have the hearts of a small town neighbor,” said Mayor Kelly Kautz, who grew up in the town. “As we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we are looking ahead at how we can continue to better our community and improve the service we provide to our citizens. In order to look ahead, however, we must learn from and respect our history.”

Kautz has invited all of the past mayors and former council members to attend, and the longest-serving councilman in city history, Wayne Odum, will wheel in the cake, which will be served during a council recess.

Snellville’s city charter was officially issued on Aug. 20, 1923.

The city plans a larger celebration, in conjunction with the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association, during the Aug. 24 Metro Jazz Concert on the Towne Green.