Judge John Hatcher Retires This Friday

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY)- One of the longest sitting judge in Fayette county will be retiring this Friday.

Judge  John Hatcher will be retiring after 28 of being the judge of Fayette County.  He is one of the most respected judges in the state of West Virginia. We asked him what made him became a judge.

“Well when I started law school uh we had people come various people came to speak to us and it wasn’t long after I was there there that I decided that if I’m going to a lawyer I want to be a judge” said Judge John Hatcher.

The judge has face many court cases. We asked him what court cases does he enjoy the most.”The wonderful thing I get to do is adoptions and I’ve done more adoptions in the past 3 years then I’ve ever done collectively since I’ve been judge I also like to do them as a lawyer too” said Jude John Hatcher.

With November 16 coming up fast. I had to ask him what is going to do now? “Read books I love to read and I’m going to relax, go to the gym , and just do whatever, get back to playing golf probably just do whatever comes up, no schedule” said Judge John Hatcher.


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Matt Bullock is currently the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WOAY-TV Matt Bullock has always dreamed about becoming a meteorologist since he was 5 years old. He would draw the 7-day forecast on a wall made out of chalk paint that his mom painted for the family to use. Growing up his role models were Greg Fishel on WRAL, his older sisters, and his parents. Matt loves all kinds of weather including; hurricanes, severe weather, and snowstorms. Matt grew up in Cary, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a bachelors of science in earth and environmental science with a concentration of atmospheric science in June of 2018. He is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed an internship at WRAL in Raleigh, NC during the summer of 2017, winter of 2017, and summer of 2018. Matt moved to West Virginia to take his first job as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at WOAY. You can find him on the weekends at 6 and 11 pm at WOAY-TV When Matt isn’t working he enjoys watching sports. His teams are the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and his alma mater Charlotte 49ers. He also enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family. He is always keeping his eyes on the skies as he is keeping up with the weather three times a day. Have any tips or weather questions? Email me mbullock@woay.com