Portrait dedication to be held

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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FLEMINGSBURG — A former District Judge and dedicated law practitioner will be memorialized in Fleming County this Friday.

A dedication for the judicial portrait of the late Judge Frank Howard McCartney will be held at the Fleming County District Courtroom June 29, at 2:30 p.m. Steve White, a local artist, has painted the portrait.

McCartney died at his home on Jan. 7, 2017. The mantle of District Judge was then passed on to Jeffrey L. Schmacher on May 5 of that year, where he currently holds the position.

McCartney, a graduate from Kentucky College of Law, received his Juris Doctor in 1974. After being admitted to the Kentucky Bar, he began his practice of law in Flemingsburg which lasted 38 years.

During his tenure in law, McCartney was elected Fleming County Attorney in 1977 where he served alongside his private practice until 1990, when he continued as assistant county attorney until Jan. 31, 2013.

McCartney was sworn in as District Judge for the 19th Judicial District on Feb. 1, 2013, after the former judge, Todd Walton, retired. He was then elected in 2014 to a full term as district judge.

Having an expertise in health law, McCartney was instrumental in establishing the Health Law Institutes at the UK College of Law, as well as getting the ambulance district established in Fleming County. He was a very active member of the community, being involved with many organizations and committees. He was also a commissioned minister for the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

Schumacher holds his former colleague in high regard. He and McCartney’s widow, Marsha, have worked together with White to have a portrait created in McCartney’s honor.

“Frank McCartney was a wonderful human being and an excellent jurist,” Schmacher said, “and it is fitting that he be honored for his portrait to be displayed in all three courthouses.”

According to Schumacher, the dedication of the portrait is a tradition of sorts, to remember previous District Judges that have retired or died. As Schumacher said, McCartney’s portrait will be displayed in all three judicial centers in the district including Mason and Bracken counties, with Fleming County displaying the original.

All friends, co-workers, attorneys, former clients and the public at large is invited to attend the dedication. A reception will follow in the Judicial Center front hallway.

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Jonathan Wright

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