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Brad Kellar

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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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Ground was broken on the site for the new home in Greenville on June 22.
Jerrod Knight

Ground is scheduled to be broken this morning on a new, mortgage-free home to be built for a local veteran.

Keli Aiken
Greenville Herald-Banner

Hunt County has elected its first female state district judge. Keli Aiken was elected as the next judge of the 354th District Court, winning Tuesday’s Republican Party primary runoff election over challenger Craig Black in both Hunt and Rains counties.

The race was to determine who would fill the seat being vacated by current 354th District Court Judge Richard Beacom, who is retiring at the end of this year.
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The contest for the 354th District Court judgeship appeared late Tuesday night to be headed to a Republican Party primary runoff election in May.

Although the vote totals from Rains County were not available at the Herald-Banner's press time, Keli Aiken and Craig Black were the top two vote-getters in Hunt County in what was a close race. As neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, Aiken and Black would meet in a May 24 runoff election.

In Hunt County, three incumbent public officials won their GOP primary contests.
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Phillip Martin won re-election Tuesday to the office of Hunt County Commissioner for Precinct 3, with a victory in the Republican Party primary election.

Two current Hunt County Constables also won new terms during Tuesday’s primary.

Martin was opposed in the GOP primary by Wayne Middleton and Larry Middlebrooks.

Martin claimed 2,318 votes (59.48 percent) to Middlebrooks’ 1,034 votes (26.53 percent) and Middleton’s 545 votes (13.99 percent). Martin won re-election to the post, as he faces no opposition in November.

Seven buildings at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, will be relocated under a master plan for the airport which is to be unveiled this month.
Courtesy of City of Greenville

A master plan for the future of Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, is to be unveiled this month.

The plan includes the relocation of seven general aviation structures currently on city property.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the proposal takes into account plans by L-3 Mission Integration to expand into almost 100 more acres on the airport grounds.

“This acreage includes the seven buildings,” Ebrahim said. “All of the buildings have to be relocated ... so that L-3 can relocate in that area.”

The council is scheduled to convene in executive session during tonight’s meeting concerning the cost of infrastructure for the Interstate 30/Monty Stratton Parkway corridor.
Brad Kellar

With at least one major tenant about to start building in the area, the Greenville City Council still needs to figure out how to provide adequate water and sewer service to the southwestern edge of the city.

The council is scheduled to convene in executive session during tonight’s meeting concerning the cost of infrastructure for the Interstate 30/Monty Stratton Parkway corridor. Should the council decide to take any action on the issue, it would return to the regular agenda to do so.

The council is scheduled to convene in executive session during tonight’s meeting concerning the cost of infrastructure for the Interstate 30/Monty Stratton Parkway corridor.
Brad Kellar

With at least one major tenant about to start building in the area, the Greenville City Council still needs to figure out how to provide adequate water and sewer service to the southwestern edge of the city.

The council is scheduled to convene in executive session during tonight’s meeting concerning the cost of infrastructure for the Interstate 30/Monty Stratton Parkway corridor. Should the council decide to take any action on the issue, it would return to the regular agenda to do so.

Deanna Robinson (left) speaks to the press alongside her legal team during a protest in front of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office in 2015.
Caleb Slinknard / Greenville Herald-Banner

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Thursday for Deanna Jo Robinson, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of interference with child custody concerning an incident in March 2015 which was the subject of a widely-circulated video.

A trial date is not currently scheduled in the case. Robinson had been set for trial today in the 354th District Court, but the item was pulled from the docket after Robinson’s previous attorney withdrew from the case earlier this month.

“The reality is, we are looking at the fall of 2017,” Dr. Dan Jones said.
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Officials with Texas A&M University-Commerce are awaiting word on whether the university will receive a charter to open a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) charter school in Greenville.

If approved, the school probably won’t open locally until next year, and there is also a question as to where it would be located.

But Dr. Dan Jones, the university’s president, believes there is little doubt there will be an open enrollment university charter school is in Greenville’s future.

“We’re extremely optimistic, very confident,” he said.

Rev. Peter Johnson, State Rep. Dan Flynn and Pastor Larry Dixon were among local and area leaders who participated in the 2015 Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference Awards Ceremony.
Mark Haslett / KETR

Multiple events are scheduled during the next week, in honor of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

— The Corporation For Cultural Diversity For Greenville, Texas, Inc. (CCD) is sponsoring the 2016 Martin Luther King Celebration, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with a downtown parade and march. Participants in the parade will meet at the downtown Farmers Market at 9 a.m. for staging. The parade route is west on Lee Street, south on King and east on Washington Street, then returning to the Market Square.

The PTAA campus will be located at 8501 Jack Finney Boulevard and 308 Aerobic Lane, in buildings previously used by the Phoenix Charter School, which closed earlier this year.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Organizers of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) charter school have begun enrolling students for the Greenville campus, which is expected to open later this year.

An information meeting about the local school is scheduled next week.

The Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy (PTAA) announced on its Facebook page this week that enrollment has opened for the agency’s Mesquite and Greenville campuses for students in grades 6-7 for the 2016-17 school year. The school received its charter in late December.

While the Texas “open carry” law takes effect with the new year, officials with Hunt Regional Medical Center note the hospitals within the system will be among the locations where the weapons will not be permitted.
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While the Texas “open carry” law takes effect with the new year, officials with Hunt Regional Medical Center note the hospitals within the system will be among the locations where the weapons will not be permitted.

“The law is pretty clear and our plan is to follow the dictates of the law,” said John Heatherley, Hunt Regional’s operations administrator.

Starting Friday, properly licensed individuals can carry a handgun, openly or concealed. The handgun must be carried in a shoulder or belt holster, although long firearms do not require a license.

“High Cotton”, an abstract mural created by local artist Pamela Edwards was completed last month and covers the north wall and a potion of the west wall of the Scott & Ray Attorneys office building, at the corner of Washington and Stonewall streets.
Greenville Herald-Banner

An art project in downtown Greenville which pays tribute to the city’s cotton legacy is scheduled to be formally dedicated this week.

“High Cotton”, an abstract mural created by local artist Pamela Edwards was completed last month and covers the north wall and a potion of the west wall of the Scott & Ray Attorneys office building, at the corner of Washington and Stonewall streets.

The mural is set to be dedicated at 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by a reception inside the offices.

The Greenville City Council intends to make a decision tonight regarding Brian Gibson’s proposed business near the intersection of Stonewall Street and Interstate 30.
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The Greenville City Council intends to make a decision tonight regarding Brian Gibson’s proposed business near the intersection of Stonewall Street and Interstate 30.

The session may also have an impact on plans for a proposed RaceTrac store in Greenville.

The fishing was good Monday along east Lee Street/Business Highway 69 in Greenville. Chili Gonzalez said he was able to fill up two baskets with catches in about 30 minutes, as he cast his line into the flood waters along the roadway.
Brad Kellar

Greenville and Hunt County started the work week Monday under flood waters

While the county was fortunate to have escaped the worst of the severe weather during the past weekend, it did receive another extended dose of heavy rainfall.

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