Brad Kellar

Reporter

Brad is a 1979 graduate of Lake Highlands High School, and attended Richland College in Dallas and East Texas State University. He’s been married since 1994 to his wife, Vida, and has three children; Nick, 21, Jaylynn, 12, and Jason, 5, and one granddaughter, Lauryn, 3. He’s a crazed fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, and the 2011 ALCS champ Texas Rangers.

As a journalist, Brad is a beat writer and go-to reporter for the Greenville Herald-Banner, as well as a log-time contributor to KETR News.

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Greenville
3:05 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Myrna Gilstrap memorial service pending

Dr. Myrna Gilstrap, shown here with former Greenville mayor Tom Oliver in 2009, passed away on Thursday.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Services are being planned for a distinguished educator and former Greenville City Council member, who was known for a long list of accomplishments in the community.

Dr. Myrna Gilstrap, 79, of Greenville died Thursday. Services are pending with Cozine & Tarver Funeral Home.

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Hunt County
8:01 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Commissioners Court settles in jail construction lawsuit

The Hunt County Commissioners Court voted Wednesday to accept settlement agreements with five defendants in the county’s lawsuit regarding the construction of the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.
Credit Hunt County Detention Center

The Hunt County Commissioners Court voted Wednesday to accept settlement agreements with five defendants in the county’s lawsuit regarding the construction of the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.

A state district judge also ruled against a final defendant Wednesday, bringing to a close the county’s almost six-year-old litigation in connection with the jail.

A separate suit, filed by a Hunt County Jail employee who claimed she was injured as a result of structural problems with the facility, remains pending.

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2014 Elections
7:38 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Ballot initiatives join races for office on ballots

Proposition 1 involves the funding of transportation projects in Texas.
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Voters across the State of Texas will be headed to the polls Tuesday to choose their next governor. There have also been hotly contested races for the offices of lieutenant governor, senator, comptroller and more.

There is also a proposition on the ballot to increase the amount of funding available for building and maintaining roads in the state.

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Hunt County
8:07 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Walton Development could be bigger

A planned development on the west side of Greenville could be bigger than expected.
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A huge master-planned, multi-use community just west of Greenville may be growing even larger than previously proposed.

Two meetings are scheduled this week for the board of directors overseeing the Walton Development. The agendas for the sessions include items calling for additional land as part of the development, and also splitting the development into two municipal utility districts.

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Texas Government
11:37 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Hall moves from hospital to rehab

Ralph Hall, at left, joined KETR's Jerrod Knight (center) and Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dan Jones for a conversation at NPR in Washington, D.C., in April 2014.
NPR

U.S. Representative Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) is reported to be making progress in his recovery from a two vehicle accident in Fannin County earlier this month.

Hall’s Washington office released a statement Tuesday, indicating that Hall is continuing to recuperate at Medical Center of Plano. Hall, 91, suffered a broken nose and femur as a result of the October 4 accident near Trenton. Tuesday’s announcement said Hall was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility over the weekend.

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Greenville
12:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Chamber eliminates tourism director position

Officials with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the position of Tourism Director had been eliminated, after the City of Greenville voted earlier this year to withdraw hotel/motel tax funding.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has made another key change in its management team.

Melva Hill, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, announced Tuesday that the Tourism Director position has been dissolved, effective immediately.

Hill said the decision was based on the Greenville City Council voting in June to cut funding raised by hotel/motel taxes to the Chamber. Hill said the position, which had been filled by Milton Babb, had not been budgeted for 2014-15.

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Greenville
11:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Work continues at water park site

Officials with Splash Kingdom report construction on the company's Greenville park is proceeding with the installation of infrastructure under ground. The completed park is scheduled to open next summer.
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It may be a little too chilly for swimming right now, but work continues on the Splash Kingdom water park which is scheduled to open in Greenville next summer .

Splash Kingdom President and CEO Johnny Blevins said most of the effort so far has been installing items under the surface of the park site along the Interstate 30 south frontage road.

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Greenville
3:55 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Apartment complex about to go dry?

Electricity still has not been restored to the Texas United Housing apartments, and the City of Greenville is now threatening to cut off the water to the complex due to non-payment.
Credit Brad Kellar

For the past 10 days, residents of a Greenville apartment complex have had to live without power, as the apartment management repeatedly failed to pay the electric bill.

The City of Greenville is now preparing to cut off the water to the Texas United Housing complex, 1216 Interstate 30, for the same reason.

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Hunt County
3:41 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Area officials meet on Ebola

Area government, health care and emergency management officials met Wednesday in response to the Ebola crisis in North Texas.
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Area government, health care and emergency management officials met Wednesday in response to the Ebola crisis in North Texas.

Hunt County Judge John Horn, along with almost three dozen representatives from health care agencies, emergency management organizations, cities, Texas A&M University-Commerce and various other public entities met at the Commerce/Hunt County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the situation.

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Greenville
3:39 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

It's time to shout 'Bra-Zinga'

A high caliber entry from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Association attracted a lot of attention during the 2013 Bras for the Cause. The Sixth Annual Bras for the Cause is scheduled tonight in downtown Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar

More than 130  creatively decorated bras will be on display along Lee Street in downtown Greenville this evening, during the sixth annual Bras for the Cause.

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Hunt County
9:58 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Toddler death case: Jury selection this week

Arturo Vega
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Jury selection is scheduled this week in a potential death penalty capital murder case, involving the 2011 death of a 2-year-old child.

A final pretrial hearing in the case against Arturo Aguilar Vega is scheduled Monday morning in the 354th District Court.

A general jury pool setting is scheduled Wednesday and individual juror interviews is set to begin on October 13.

A trial date will be announced once a jury is chosen in the case.

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Greenville
6:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Life sentence given for meth possession

Mark Engle
Credit Herald-Banner

A Tarrant County man has been sentenced to life in prison, after being found with a quantity of methamphetamine upon leaving a Greenville motel in December 2012.

Mark Eugene Engle, 46, of Watauge, had previously entered an open plea of guilty to the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, in an amount of between four and 200 grams. An open plea means no plea bargain agreement had been arranged in the case and that Engle was subject to the full range of punishment.

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Hunt County
8:55 am
Tue September 30, 2014

FM 2101 to be widened

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Work is about to begin on the widening of a highway which passes by the Boles Independent School District.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced crews from DL Lennon is scheduled to start construction on FM 2101 on October 8.

The work will involve the length of the farm-to-market road between State Highway 34 and FM 2947 near Hickory Cove on Lake Tawakoni. The project calls for widening the roadway and bridges, installing a cement-treated flexible base and applying two-course surface treatments.

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Greenville
8:34 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Power cut to apartment complex again

For the second time in two months, the electricity was disconnected Monday morning at a Greenville apartment complex, after the owners allegedly failed to pay the bill for the facility. The manager of the Texas United Housing Program complex, 1216 Interstate 30, said she would pay the bill to GEUS, in order to restore power to the facility.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

For the second time in two months, the electricity was disconnected Monday morning at a Greenville apartment complex, after the owners allegedly failed to pay the bill for the facility.

The manager of the Texas United Housing Program complex, 1216 Interstate 30, said she would pay the bill to GEUS, in order to restore power to the facility.

“We will pay their extortion and next month we will see what happens,” said Deborah Kroupa.

But GEUS Consumer Services Manager Jimmy Dickey said the bill had not been paid as of late Monday afternoon.

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Hunt County
4:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Seven years later.. still no answers to disappearance

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It has been seven years since a woman who lived just outside of Wolfe City apparently walked away from her home, never to be seen again.

The 2007 disappearance of Lisa Chandler remains one of the more baffling mysteries in Hunt County, because no evidence has surfaced indicating what happened to her.

“This is still an open investigation,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. “No new leads have developed since last year. However, we are still hunting for clues that will lead us to Lisa.”

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