Nancy Badertscher

Nancy Badertscher covers Georgia politics and has been at the newspaper for almost 16 years.

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COLD CASE:  Cobb County woman looking for a fresh start turns up dead
 On Oct. 18, 2013, a hunter in northern Paulding County stumbled upon a decomposing body in a shallow grave at the back of an unfinished subdivision.  The near skeletal remains would eventually be identified as those of Deborah Lee Crawford, or “Peanut,” as the 2-pound preemie was nicknamed at birth by her mother. It...

Posted: 4 days ago

On Oct. 18, 2013, a hunter in northern Paulding County stumbled upon a decomposing body in a shallow grave at the back of an unfinished subdivision.  The near skeletal remains would eventually be identified as those of Deborah Lee Crawford, or “Peanut,” as the 2-pound preemie was nicknamed at birth by her mother. It...
Sister ‘praying’ 2018 will bring answers in Paulding County cold case
 Cynthia Crawford-Collins never had the chance to wish her sister a happy 41st birthday. The two women talked the day before Deborah Lee Crawford’s big day, and Cynthia told her baby sister to expect a gift and birthday serenade. But on Aug. 20, 2013, her actual birthday, Deborah was nowhere to be found. Cynthia rang her phone all day...

Posted: 4 days ago

Cynthia Crawford-Collins never had the chance to wish her sister a happy 41st birthday. The two women talked the day before Deborah Lee Crawford’s big day, and Cynthia told her baby sister to expect a gift and birthday serenade. But on Aug. 20, 2013, her actual birthday, Deborah was nowhere to be found. Cynthia rang her phone all day...
COLD CASE: A transgender murder baffles Georgia police
 Was Tracey Thompson’s murder a hate crime? The transgender drifter died in 1999 after authorities say he was beaten with a baseball bat along a dirt road in the tiny South Georgia town of Seville. Eighteen years later, police have yet to solve the brutal crime. Thompson - also known as Billy Joe Turner - named his attacker before dying...

Posted: 10 days ago

Was Tracey Thompson’s murder a hate crime? The transgender drifter died in 1999 after authorities say he was beaten with a baseball bat along a dirt road in the tiny South Georgia town of Seville. Eighteen years later, police have yet to solve the brutal crime. Thompson - also known as Billy Joe Turner - named his attacker before dying...
COLD CASE: A transgender murder in rural Georgia baffles police
 Before daybreak on March 30, 1999, Tracey Thompson stumbled up to a house in tiny Seville, Ga. and banged on the door. Bleeding from the head, she asked for water, a blanket and a place to rest. The residents called 911 and some 10 hours after Thompson arrived at a local hospital she was dead. Eighteen years later, her killing remains unsolved...

Posted: 10 days ago

Before daybreak on March 30, 1999, Tracey Thompson stumbled up to a house in tiny Seville, Ga. and banged on the door. Bleeding from the head, she asked for water, a blanket and a place to rest. The residents called 911 and some 10 hours after Thompson arrived at a local hospital she was dead. Eighteen years later, her killing remains unsolved...
24 resources, agencies that help Georgia vets
 The Georgia Department of Veterans Service was created to advise, counsel and assist Georgia veterans and their families in receiving their rightful benefits. (Important to remember: No veterans benefits are automatic. You must apply for them.) The GDVS central office is at Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Suite E-970, Atlanta 30334-4800...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service was created to advise, counsel and assist Georgia veterans and their families in receiving their rightful benefits. (Important to remember: No veterans benefits are automatic. You must apply for them.) The GDVS central office is at Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Suite E-970, Atlanta 30334-4800...
7 can’t-miss Veterans Day events in Atlanta
 Atlanta Veterans Day Parade – On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Georgia Veterans Day Parade in downtown Atlanta starts at 11:11 a.m. on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard. The parade will proceed south on Peachtree Street, turn right on Baker Street toward Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, and Georgia...

Posted: 12 days ago

Atlanta Veterans Day Parade – On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Georgia Veterans Day Parade in downtown Atlanta starts at 11:11 a.m. on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard. The parade will proceed south on Peachtree Street, turn right on Baker Street toward Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, and Georgia...
Experts attempt to predict the future of dementia care in Georgia.
 Georgia is anticipating a sizable increase in people living with Alzheimer’s by 2025, in part, due to the state’s growing appeal as a retirement destination. Alarm bells have been sounding for the past few years, nationally, as well as at the state level, where a panel of experts has been working from several angles. Will Georgia...

Posted: 12 days ago

Georgia is anticipating a sizable increase in people living with Alzheimer’s by 2025, in part, due to the state’s growing appeal as a retirement destination. Alarm bells have been sounding for the past few years, nationally, as well as at the state level, where a panel of experts has been working from several angles. Will Georgia...
Support for patients and caregivers

Posted: 12 days ago

Sometimes, the caregiver and family members need support. Here are some meetings where support is offered. Call or email to ensure there’s been no change in meeting schedule. The Alzheimer’s Association also has a 24-hour helpline, 1-800-272-3900. The Caring Connection, a free telephone support group, is held two times each month...
Trish Wilson

Posted: 12 days ago

Like so many in her field, registered nurse Trish Wilson says she felt the call to serve others. In the first two years of her career as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite, she has seen how patients and families depend on nurses in life-and-death situations. Here&rsquo...
Sam Seetin: ‘Learn from your mistakes and keep your head down’
 Dear Younger Sam Jr., It’s time, younger self, to have a conversation about the influences that shape a combat veteran. Younger Self: How can I become a good officer like dad? Self: Apply the fundamentals of soldiering, like integrity and always do the right thing. Trust combat instincts, and take care of soldiers like Major Dad said...

Posted: 12 days ago

Dear Younger Sam Jr., It’s time, younger self, to have a conversation about the influences that shape a combat veteran. Younger Self: How can I become a good officer like dad? Self: Apply the fundamentals of soldiering, like integrity and always do the right thing. Trust combat instincts, and take care of soldiers like Major Dad said...
Being an intel officer in a strange land tests limits
 Dear Young Ida, I’m writing this letter to you, knowing you’ve just landed in Saudi Arabia and have a big job ahead in Desert Storm. Serving as a principal staff officer to the brigade commander and his staff on intelligence and security matters will not be easy. I’m hoping this advice will help. As I peer in the magic &ldquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Dear Young Ida, I’m writing this letter to you, knowing you’ve just landed in Saudi Arabia and have a big job ahead in Desert Storm. Serving as a principal staff officer to the brigade commander and his staff on intelligence and security matters will not be easy. I’m hoping this advice will help. As I peer in the magic &ldquo...