New Greater Grace Church of God in Christ officials are hoping to stop bullying.
Officers from the Albany Police Gang Unit spoke to children and their parents about bullying and gangs Wednesday night.
"We have seen it as early as the first grade," said Pastor Stephen Stallworth. "It has gotten to a state where our young children are taking their lives."
Officials says bullying has become a major issue for kids in his congregation and the whole community.
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While many Southwest Georgia schools are preparing to close for summer, leaders with Pelham City Schools said they're making plans now for the new school year.
The city of Pelham is making strides to improve the quality of life for its residents.
Although it's not known yet how many Georgians officially voted in Tuesday's primary, turnout in the region was flat or slightly lower than expected.
As seniors across Southwest Georgia prepared to take the next steps in their futures, one senior class wanted to make the legacy they left behind count.
A national finance corporation dubbed Cordele the poorest town in the state of Georgia, but residents and leaders believe that may not be the full story.