Citizens National Bank celebrates 100 years

Published 11:02 am Friday, February 21, 2020

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Cara Hager was glad she and her husband Ryan and baby Case Allen got to attend Citizens National Bank’s 100th birthday party last Friday.

They not only got to mingle with other customers and bank employees and enjoy some good food, but they also won money.

As part of its centenary celebration, Somerset bank’s branch in Nicholasville’s Keene Center was giving away $100 prizes every hour on the hour with a chance to enter a contest for the grand prize of $1,920.

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Cara had learned about the party from head teller Abigail Stone the previous Friday and thought it sounded fun.

She also had been stressing over a couple of overdraft fees. But the $100 she and her family won covered that loss, she said.

The Nicholasville bank joined other branches of CNB throughout southeastern Kentucky Friday in marking its 100th anniversary between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. while it also conducted business as usual.

The bank served catered food, including Raising Cane’s chicken, pimiento cheese sandwiches, vegetables with dip and white cake.

“We’ve had a good turnout,” Stone said late Friday morning. “We didn’t really think we would have too many people before noon.”

But the lobby was full.

Many of the guests were customers of the bank.

“I like their dedication to serving the people,” Dan Shearer said after he and his wife Shirley had spent some time talking with Joe Wilder, the bank’s area president.

“I’m here to support Joe,” said Terry Perkins, who works for a competitor, Farmers Bank.

It’s a friendly competition, she said.

They know each other from serving together in the local Chamber of Commerce.

Citizens National Bank was established Feb. 14, 1920.

The Nicholasville branch opened Sept. 11, 2014.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at

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