Nancy Badertscher

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

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Cold case: 5 years later, no answers in slaying of Gainesville teen
 Hannah Truelove was 16 years old when she went missing five years ago. She was discovered stabbed to death Aug. 24, 2012, near the apartment complex where she lived with her mother near Lake Lanier in Hall County. A year after the teenager’s death, her mother told reporters that family and friends had been “living a...

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Hannah Truelove was 16 years old when she went missing five years ago. She was discovered stabbed to death Aug. 24, 2012, near the apartment complex where she lived with her mother near Lake Lanier in Hall County. A year after the teenager’s death, her mother told reporters that family and friends had been “living a...
‘We never give up’: Police intent on solving murder of Gainesville teen
 Five years after Gainesville High School student Hannah Truelove was found fatally stabbed near Lake Lanier, her death remains a mystery that police expect to one day solve. “Understand, we never give up,” Lt. Dan Franklin of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently. Truelove&rsquo...

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Five years after Gainesville High School student Hannah Truelove was found fatally stabbed near Lake Lanier, her death remains a mystery that police expect to one day solve. “Understand, we never give up,” Lt. Dan Franklin of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently. Truelove&rsquo...
Nimrod “Mac” McNair Jr., 93: Combat pilot in 3 wars taught faith, ethics
 Mac McNair had high-flying dreams from childhood, having followed Charles Lindbergh’s rise to worldwide fame as pilot of the first non-stop flight from the U.S. to mainland Europe. And fly he did. McNair was shot down twice and survived four crashes as a fighter pilot on 110 combat missions in World War II and Vietnam. “He loved...

Posted: 8 days ago

Mac McNair had high-flying dreams from childhood, having followed Charles Lindbergh’s rise to worldwide fame as pilot of the first non-stop flight from the U.S. to mainland Europe. And fly he did. McNair was shot down twice and survived four crashes as a fighter pilot on 110 combat missions in World War II and Vietnam. “He loved...
Anne Spalding, 86: Reporter, activist was ‘a woman ahead of her time’
 Anne Gowen Spalding went straight from college into the male-dominated world of newspaper reporting. And though it took her arguing her case to the president of Rich’s department store, she became the first woman to have a store credit card in her name, not her husband’s. “Mama was a woman ahead of her time,” eldest...

Posted: 22 days ago

Anne Gowen Spalding went straight from college into the male-dominated world of newspaper reporting. And though it took her arguing her case to the president of Rich’s department store, she became the first woman to have a store credit card in her name, not her husband’s. “Mama was a woman ahead of her time,” eldest...
Pediatric oncology nurses embrace a unique role
 Emily Hawkinson was 9 when she settled on a career in nursing. Her 6-year-old sister was hospitalized with a brain tumor at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. “Seeing what she went through and seeing the great care the nurses gave her made me want to do that, too,” said Emily, who is now 25 and a third-year...

Posted: 24 days ago

Emily Hawkinson was 9 when she settled on a career in nursing. Her 6-year-old sister was hospitalized with a brain tumor at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. “Seeing what she went through and seeing the great care the nurses gave her made me want to do that, too,” said Emily, who is now 25 and a third-year...
Celebrating Nurses: Belinda Williams
 Belinda Williams, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, was having a quiet dinner out with a friend last October when they heard a commotion at a nearby table. A woman yelled: “My baby’s not breathing!” An ambulance was called, but Williams and her friend, a respiratory therapist...

Posted: 24 days ago

Belinda Williams, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, was having a quiet dinner out with a friend last October when they heard a commotion at a nearby table. A woman yelled: “My baby’s not breathing!” An ambulance was called, but Williams and her friend, a respiratory therapist...
WellStar Health System
 WellStar Health System has been a fixture in metro Atlanta for almost 25 years. On July 1, 1993, several hospitals merged to become WellStar Health System. These facilities include WellStar Cobb Hospital, WellStar Douglas Hospital, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Pauling Hospital and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital. On April 1, 2016,...

Posted: 24 days ago

WellStar Health System has been a fixture in metro Atlanta for almost 25 years. On July 1, 1993, several hospitals merged to become WellStar Health System. These facilities include WellStar Cobb Hospital, WellStar Douglas Hospital, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Pauling Hospital and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital. On April 1, 2016,...
Lynn Van Buren, 70: Lifelong portrait of a hardworking mother’s love
 On stage in 2016 to accept a prestigious National Book award, a beaming Andrew Aydin declared “Mama, we made it.” Lynn Van Buren was too sick to attend the ceremony recognizing her son, Congressman John Lewis and artist Nate Powell for “March,” their acclaimed comic book trilogy about the Civil Rights movement. But...

Posted: 29 days ago

On stage in 2016 to accept a prestigious National Book award, a beaming Andrew Aydin declared “Mama, we made it.” Lynn Van Buren was too sick to attend the ceremony recognizing her son, Congressman John Lewis and artist Nate Powell for “March,” their acclaimed comic book trilogy about the Civil Rights movement. But...
Annette Johnson, 86: In diner or among family, she made life more fun
 Annette Johnson and her husband were true life partners. Married 63 years, they raised two daughters and spent a quarter-century working side by side in a restaurant they opened in south DeKalb County in the late 1940s. Roy Johnson was the cook. She was the personality. “Mom was always the smiling face at the front of the restaurant...

9:27 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Annette Johnson and her husband were true life partners. Married 63 years, they raised two daughters and spent a quarter-century working side by side in a restaurant they opened in south DeKalb County in the late 1940s. Roy Johnson was the cook. She was the personality. “Mom was always the smiling face at the front of the restaurant...
Bruce D’Agostino, 70: Vietnam veteran had heart for helping others
 Vietnam vet Bruce D’Agostino always had a huge place in his heart for the American soldier. In the late 1980s, long after his official service to country had ended, the not-particularly-religious D’Agostino told family he felt called by God to return to Vietnam. His mission: negotiate on behalf of America’s prisoners of...

8:42 PM Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

Vietnam vet Bruce D’Agostino always had a huge place in his heart for the American soldier. In the late 1980s, long after his official service to country had ended, the not-particularly-religious D’Agostino told family he felt called by God to return to Vietnam. His mission: negotiate on behalf of America’s prisoners of...
Branch Curington, 91: He helped hundreds in Atlanta through tennis
 Former students of tennis pro Branch Curington Sr. filed one by one into Curington’s Atlanta home in the days leading up to his death. They sat beside the hospital bed he occupied, rubbing his arm and telling him how much they love him. With Curington’s help, most had attended college on tennis scholarships and gone on to successful...

9:47 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

Former students of tennis pro Branch Curington Sr. filed one by one into Curington’s Atlanta home in the days leading up to his death. They sat beside the hospital bed he occupied, rubbing his arm and telling him how much they love him. With Curington’s help, most had attended college on tennis scholarships and gone on to successful...