Citizen Newspaper Is
Oldest Newspaper In Kentucky
The Bourbon County Citizen is a lineal descendant of papers tracing back over 200 years.
Since 1807, there has not been one week in which a newspaper named Citizen has been published and read in Bourbon County.
When you pick up a copy of the Citizen each week you truly hold in your hand a piece of the heritage of our county, state, and even the nation.
The Citizen, as the oldest newspaper in continuous publication in the state of Kentucky, and west of the Allegheny Mountains - which run through Pennsylvania - traces its beginnings to the old Western Citizen which was established in 1807 in Paris.
Since the founding of the Western Citizen, the names of the paper have changed only slightly, and the owners have changed, but the Citizen of today is a lineal descendant of the paper which began in the days when the west was wild, and when this area of the country truly was “west”. Not one week has passed without a paper being published in Bourbon County with the Citizen name on the masthead.
Actually the true birth of the paper goes back even farther to 1795 when the Kentucky Herald was founded in Paris. That paper was bought out in 1807 by Joel Reid Lyle who changed the name of the paper to the Western Citizen. The paper you read today is a lineal descendant of the old Kentucky Herald, founded in 1795.
Chronological History of the
Citizen Newspaper in Bourbon County
The Kentucky Herald 1795-1807
The Western Citizen 1807-1886 (The paper merged with the True Kentuckian to be renamed the Kentuckian-Citizen)
The Kentuckian-Citizen 1886-1965 (paper was renamed The Citizen-Advertiser)
The Citizen-Advertiser a shopper in 1965 - 2017 when it became special section in the Bourbon County Citizen
Bourbon County Citizen 1984-present
About The Present Day Papers
The present day Citizen is published, owned and operated by the Brannon family of Paris and has been a family-operated business since 1946 when Paul Brannon took over the publication.
The papers were owned by Genevieve Brannon, the wife of the late Larry Brannon (Paul’s son) after Paul Brannon’s death in 1963. Larry Brannon died in 1991 and the newspaper was then owned and operated by Genevieve Brannon and son and daughters, Jimmy, Rebecca and Beverly.
Genevieve died in 2018 leaving the paper to Jimmy (Jimmy Brannon), Rebecca (Becca Lawyer) and Beverly (BeBe Brannon) and nephew John David Lann.
The Bourbon County Citizen is a by-subscription only newspaper with a continually growing coverage area, especially with its new on-line presence which has been offered to its subscribers beginning in September 2019.