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February 19, 2008

Albany-  Georgia's second congressional district has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.

Athens has one of the Georgia's highest poverty rates. Athens-Clark County is doing something about it and Tuesday shared their plan with leaders in Dougherty County.

The surest way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. Judge Steve C. Jones spoke to the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce officials Tuesday about how the poverty cycle can be broken in Albany. Jones said the community has to want to break the cycle.

"It has to be a situation where the community as themselves tackles the problem. I think the best part I like about what we've done in Athens-Clark County is that the ideas have come from the people," said Judge Steve C. Jones, Western Judicial Circuit.

In Athens, the community has come up with ten initiatives that could reduce poverty. They say each community is different and Dougherty County needs to develop its own model to deal with the issue.

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