A reception was held Thursday, February 1st in honor of Calvin Hall’s retirement after 60 years with Fortner Insurance Agency in Spruce Pine. Calvin began his career with Fortner in 1958 as a producer for the late Ed & Peggy Fortner, who started the agency in 1919. Calvin worked his way up through the agency before becoming President Emeritus in 2001. Calvin has dedicated his life to service beyond self, and was instrumental in the growth of Fortner from one office with three people, to today’s four locations and 27 employees. Fortner has offices in Spruce Pine, Burnsville, Newland and Banner Elk.