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Fire destroys shed behind General Insurance Service
July 11, 2019

A fire caused by downed power lines Wednesday evening destroyed a 30-year-old shed behind the office of General Insurance Service at 100 S. Old Betsy Road at the southwest corner of Old Betsy and Hillcrest Street. 

Strong winds blew down a tree that fell onto power lines, according to longtime GIS owner Richard Bothe. The power lines began arcing and a fire started before Oncore could turn off the power, Bothe said. No one was injured in the incident and there was no damage to the GIS office building. 

The shed was 25-30 years old and contained old files, outdated records and Christmas decorations, Bothe said.

General Insurance Service has been in business at its current location since 1978 and is a charter member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Roberts, Pinnacle Bank win parade honors
June 30, 2019

A longtime Keene businesswoman and a longtime employee of Southwestern Adventist University were marshals for the 30th annual Keene Fourth of July Parade.
Amy Lingo, former manager of the Keene branch of Pinnacle Bank, was the grand marshal. Lingo has been with Pinnacle for 27 years. She currently serves as treasurer of the Keene Chamber of Commerce. 

Dale Hainey, director of plant engineering at SWAU was the parade marshal. Hainey has been with SWAU for 42 years, the last 25 as director of plant engineering. He is a member of the Keene Business Expo and Health Fair planning committee and the Keene July 4 Celebration committee.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office color guard led the parade.

Keene resident Dan Roberts won Best Overall category with his refurbished vintage Dr Pepper delivery truck. Pinnacle Bank won in the Best Business category. 

Pinnacle Bank calendar photo contest opens
June 25, 2019

Pinnacle Bank is now looking for new images to showcase in 2020.

From now through July 15, the bank is accepting images of Texas landscapes. A selection committee will select photographs from all submissions to be placed on the bank's Facebook page. The 12 photos receiving the most likes on the Facebook page will be featured in the 2020 wall calendar.

Submit your best landscape images now through July 15 to moc.knabnnip@tsetnocotohpxt.

Visit for complete contest rules. 

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Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

The Keene Chamber's objective is to provide a platform from which our members can enhance their business or organization through networking and programs designed to improve their bottom-line and to make available the tools necessary to excel as the economy improves. Our mandate is to pursue opportunities in the areas of retail development and education. We will work diligently to ensure that our local economy is strong and vibrant.

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