News Reporter Geoff Hamill Leaves the Pocahontas Times

Readers of the Pocahontas Times; you may not be aware that long time Reporter Geoff Hamill has just left his position at the newspaper. We talked a little with Geoff about his change in careers. It is obvious that while he has solid reasons for changing careers, he is not leaving without some fond memories and regrets.

“Oh yea, gee whiz, I just love this place, this community, and I’ve loved working for the Pocahontas Times and covering the events and meetings and everything that happens in the County” said Geoff. “There is always something interesting happening in this County it seems like. We have so many festivals and neat stuff going on all the time. There is rarely a dull week where we don’t have some good stuff to right about.”

Geoff talked a little about his future career plans.

“I am going to go to work for the Federal Government; I’m going to be helping to maintain trails in the National forest. I enjoy working outdoors” said Geoff. “I was in the Infantry for several years and I enjoyed that very much, being out in the woods all the time. I want to work outside and help keep up my favorite place in the world, which is the Monongahela National Forest.”

Geoff goes on to explain that this career move has some practical financial benefits even beyond his love of working in the National Forest.

“It’s not just because it’s something I want to do” said Geoff. “If I get seven years compiled with the Federal Government, then I will be able to retire because of my military time and prior Federal Service. So I just need to compile seven years for a retirement. That’s a big reason I am leaving the newspaper right there. But I’ve really loved writing for them and never regretted a day of work at the Pocahontas Times.

Geoff offers his parting thoughts to those citizens of Pocahontas County who he had contact with during his reporting career with the Pocahontas Times.

“Just like to tell everybody thanks a lot for helping me with story ideas and putting up with me asking a lot of dumb questions and being friendly to me when I come around to do news stories” said Geoff. “All the people who’ve helped me out with news tips or whatever, I sure want to tell them thanks a lot.”

Well, on behalf of Allegheny Mountain Radio, good luck Geoff in all your future endeavors.

Story By

Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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