Stephens County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

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STEPHENS COUNTY, Ga. – Alan Savage, 32, of Stephens County, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and ‘charged with one count of sexual exploitation of children by the GBI Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit.’

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) started sending ‘cybertip reports’ to the CEACC unit and that is when an investigation into Savage’s online activity was launched.

NCMEC was concerned with Savage’s online activity ‘regarding the possible possession of child sexual abuse material.’

The investigation by the GBI’s CEACC unit led to a search of Savage’s electronic devices and, ultimately, his arrest.

Savage is being criminally charged in Oconee County, GA, where it was determined his crime was committed. The GBI CEACC unit was assisted in this investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Savage was taken to the Stephens County Jail upon his arrest,” according a statement from the GBI.

The press released issued from the GBI continued by saying:

“This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, to identify those involved in the trade of child sexual abuse material. The ICAC Program, created by the U.S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870 or report via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline at

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.”

SCHS Bus to Oconee County for Students for Friday Night’s Game

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If you have a student who wants to go to the game vs Oconee Friday and wants to save on gas or just doesn’t have a ride. Here is an opportunity for them to go.
The school will take a Pep Bus to Oconee County on Friday evening for the football game
$10 to sign up — this does include the $8 needed for the ticket to the ballgame.
Must be a current student at SCHS
Must have No ISS or OSS on the student record
Must sign up and pay before Thursday – end of school day.
40 total seats available.
Students need to sign up at the front office.

Annual Dinner/Raffle Was a Successful Fundraiser

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fundraiser successful
dinner/raffle was successful

photo from Stephens County High School Facebook Page

Stephens High Named AP Honor School

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fundraiser successful
Stephens County High School has been named as an AP Honor School by the Georgia Department of Education. Specifically, SCHS was awarded for being an AP School of Expansion for showing 25% growth in AP student participation from 2019 to 2020.
We are tremendously proud of the hard work and dedication of our students and faculty to the Advanced Placement program at SCHS!
Stephens High named AP Honor School

Dense Fog Advisory Issued for Stephens County Until 1:00 AM

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dense fog advisory issued
Dense Fog Advisory
Dense Fog Advisory issued January 25 at 4:08PM EST until January 26 at 1:00AM EST by NWS Greenville-Spartanburg SC
* WHAT…Visibility one quarter to one half mile in dense fog.
* WHERE…Much of upstate South Carolina, northeast Georgia and
the piedmont and foothills of North Carolina.
* WHEN…Until 1 AM EST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS…Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility.
If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of
distance ahead of you.

Stephens County Schools Extends Winter Break through January 8

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fundraiser successful

Winter Break will be extended through January 8th. SCSS will reevaluate conditions at that time. For more details and information, please visit the SCSS website for the official press release.

Per the Superintendent:

At this time after consulting with the school principals and DPH staff we think it would be best to extend the winter break for students through Friday, Jan 8th. Staff would report to work to plan and prepare for the coming weeks. Friday we will reassess to see if we can go forward with our current in-class/virtual plan. If conditions do not improve then we would have the parents pick up materials if needed on Jan. 8th for virtual/distance learning for the following week. Parents please continue to contact your school and provide them with information about positive cases and exposures. This will help us to have information to guide us moving forward. Our district wide virtual/distance learning plan will be a week at a time. Once conditions improve we would go back to our original in-class/virtual learning plan. If we do need to move forward with more virtual school after the end of this week each individual school will roll out their own directions and plans for virtual learning.  If you have further concerns or questions please contact your school’s principal.


Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.


Daniel Oldham


Stephens County 911 Announces New EMD 911 Center

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dense fog advisory issued
The Stephens County 911 Center is pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to an EMD 911 Center as of January 4th. This is two days later than what was originally projected.
What does EMD stand for and what does it mean?
EMD stands for Emergency Medical Dispatch. This means that the 911 Communications Officers will now have the capability to provide medical instructions to you over the phone by using a scripted card set, approved by the local Medical Director. They will be able to give instructions for CPR, Choking, Childbirth, Bleeding Control, as well as help with medication administration. Each Communications Officer had to become certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher by taking a 32-hour course in Emergency Medical Dispatch procedures and they all also became CPR certified last year. They have been practicing with scenarios since August. Each dispatcher will have worked through at least 225 different scenarios to prepare for this new process. They will also be required to maintain continuing education hours each year as part of their certification.Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'EMERGENCY EMD CHER MEDICAL DISPAT WHEN SECONDS MN COUN'T'
What does this mean for you?
This will be a huge benefit for the citizens of Stephens County because it will cut down on the time it takes for medical intervention to take place, which is necessary in order for a successful outcome for things like choking and cardiac arrest (no heartbeat). If these measures are started within 2-3 minutes of the incident, then there is a greater chance of saving lives which is the ultimate goal.
What can you expect when you call?
The Communications Officer will be asking specific questions that are related to why you have called. If it is determined that the situation requires lifesaving intervention, the Communications Officer will talk you through specific instructions. You do not need to have medical experience, expertise, or knowledge in order to perform these tasks. The instructions are designed for those who have little to no knowledge or experience in the medical field.
It is important to remember that help will never be delayed while the Communications Officer is asking you the questions or giving you the instructions. EMS is dispatched on average within 1 minute from the time the call is answered. While you are being asked the questions, another Communications Officer is sending the ambulance.
I’ve never had to call 911 before. What should I expect?
Remaining calm and knowing your location/address are two of the most important things when calling 911. Always expect to be asked a lot of questions. That’s how we get a clear idea of what is going on. Also, asking questions never delays help. We send units within 1 minute (on average) from the time the call was answered. It’s okay if you don’t know all the answers to the questions we ask, but please try to answer as many as you can. The information we obtain from you is used to give to EMS while they are on their way. This helps the Communications Officer and the EMS crew make better decisions on how to respond to the call itself, or how much help may be needed.
If you have any questions about this new implementation, please contact the Stephens County 911 Center’s non-emergency number at 706-779-3911.
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