After 43 years in business, Harry and Mary Walker are retiring from their business, Walker Building Supply on Brindlee Mountain.

In the next month or two, the store will close its doors.

Right now, Walker is having a liquidation sale.

“We don’t have a target date for closing,” Harry Walker said. “We’ll probably be open another month or two.

“It was a really hard decision, but I think I’m getting old enough to retire,” he said.

Walker, who is 69, opened the business in April 1977.

“We built the building and started the business from scratch,” he said.

He wanted to sell the business, and he had several interested parties, but they just couldn’t come to an agreement for various reasons.

Walker said that he and Mary plan to do a little traveling and enjoy retirement.

They told their employees of the plan about a month ago. Two have already found new jobs and the other six or seven are looking.

Prior to opening Walker Building Supply, Harry and his father were cattle farmers and he and his nephew ran a crop dusting business.

“We’ve really enjoyed our time here,” Harry said. “Arab and the surrounding communities have been great to us. I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone and making friends who were customers over the years. It really has been a great 43 years. I really appreciate everyone, that’s for sure.”

A few Sundays ago, Harry and Mary went to the business to hang the “liquidation” signs.

“I told her not to cry,” Harry said. “She held it back, pretty good.”

Hall of Fame

Albertville High School has named its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2019:

Boyd Bailey, BA, MDiv — Religion

Ulysis Byron Carr, — US Coast Artillery, WWII POW — Military Service

Jane Lumpkin Newman, EdD — Education

Jeffery Patterson — OUAD Productions. Los Angeles, CA — Entertainment

The Chamber of Commerce held the induction luncheon last week at Albertville High School.

Trafficking Charged

Justin Scott Mansel, 38, of Boaz, has been charged with drug trafficking, possession of marijuana 2nd degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Etowah County Drug Task Force commander Randall Johnson.

On September 19, Attalla Police Department Officer Matt Stokes attempted to stop a red motorcycle in the city limits of Attalla. The red motorcycle failed to stop for Officer Stokes marked patrol vehicle. Mansel was operating the motorcycle, and led Officer Stokes on a high speed pursuit northbound on I-59, Johnson said. Mansel stopped the motorcycle on I-59 past the US Hwy. 11 overpass. He then fled on foot, but was taken into custody by Officer Stokes after a brief foot pursuit, Johnson said. He said Mansel had approximately 334 grams of suspected methamphetamine, $2,041 in U.S. currency, a quantity of marijuana, digital scales, and a glass pipe.

He was taken to the Etowah County Jail where he was held without bond due to being out on bond on a drug trafficking charge when arrested by Officer Stokes.

MVP

Savannah Rutledge of Albertville won MVP honors leading the Aggies (21-4) to the Marshall County Tournament volleyball championship. She had 110 assists, 22 service aces, 16 kills and three blocks. Albertville, after losing to Arab in pool play, beat the Knights in the finals.

Manager Search

The search for a new general manager of Arab Electric Cooperative is in full swing.

Roy Palk of National Rural Electric Association is conducting the search. He said the job has been posted at several locations, including:

• NRECA’s website – careers.electric.coop/jobs/12843726/general-manager;

• Arab Electric’s website – arab-electric.org/careers;

Palk said he expects to receive upwards of 70 applicants.

Palk’s group will screen the applicants and conduct the first round of telephone interviews before narrowing the list down to five to eight candidates.

The AEC board of trustees will then have a blind selection. The board won’t know who the final candidates are in an effort to keep politics out of the mix, according to the Arab Tribune.

The board will narrow that list down to about three or four candidates to interview in person.

Those interviews are expected to last about three hours each, and will take place in Arab, probably in January.

Anyone who wants to apply for the job can do so through the websites listed above.

The can also send the following: (1) resume; (2) contact information for three professional references; and (3) cover letter by Nov. 14, 2019 to:

Roy M. Palk, NRECA Executive Search: ExecutiveSearch@nreca.coop.

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