Brad Kellar


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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The community is named for the symbolic eye of the Masonic order, which according to historian W. Walworth Harrison looked “to some of the unlettered natives” like a hog’s eye.
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It won’t be long before the stew is ready, now that there is a new Hogeye Community Center.

The former location, site of a popular stew supper and other events, was destroyed in a fire more than six years ago.

A grand opening event is scheduled between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday on FM 1566 West, three miles east of Celeste. The Second Wind Band will be performing and games of dominoes and cards are planned, along with a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the center.

Efforts to rebuild the facility began during the summer of 2013.

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Two Hunt County Sheriff's Deputies have been cleared of allegations they assaulted a handcuffed jail inmate outside of the Hunt County Courthouse.

The Hunt County grand jury Friday issued "no bills" on charges of official oppression naming Deputies Joshua Richardson and Stuart Blane Roberts, concerning the Nov. 20, 2014 incident.

A "no bill" means the grand jury concluded its investigation without finding sufficient evidence to issue indictments, or "true bills," in the case.

Deanna Robinson (left) speaks to the press alongside her legal team during a protest in front of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office earlier this year.
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The attorney for Deanna Jo Robinson expressed shock Friday after learning the Hunt County grand jury had cleared a Hunt County Sheriff’s Deputy who was videotaped earlier this year, reportedly hitting the then-pregnant Quinlan woman.

“We are very disappointed,” said attorney Carol Moss. “I guess they (the grand jury) did not see it the way we did.”

The grand jury issued a “no bill” Friday, naming Deputy Joshua Rodney Robinson concerning an allegation of aggravated assault against Robinson, no relation.

“We have turned over internal affairs investigations to the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said. “The Texas Rangers have turned their reports in as well.”

The Hunt County grand jury might be presented with evidence this week concerning two controversial videos involving the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Randy Meeks said Tuesday his department had completed  internal investigations into a video which shows a deputy hitting a pregnant woman, and another video which depicts deputies pushing an armed robbery suspect to the ground while handcuffed outside the Hunt County Courthouse.

Most of Northeast Texas is now under a burn ban.
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For the first time in almost two years, Hunt County is under a ban on outdoor burning.

Increasingly dry conditions, combined scorching heat and gusting winds, have raised the threat of grass and brush fires the county, prompting Director of the Hunt County Office of Homeland Security Richard Hill to ask County Judge John Horn for the seven-day ban, which was issued Tuesday morning.

At least some relief may arrive as early as this afternoon, with the arrival of a cold front which is also promising to bring rain to the region.

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The former municipal judge for the City of Lone Oak has been indicted for allegedly stealing money from the city.

The Hunt County grand jury issued a sealed indictment June 26 charging Lisa Marie Brown on one count of abuse of official capacity. Brown, 56, was taken into custody on the indictment Monday and was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond.

The indictment was unsealed following Brown’s arrest. An arraignment hearing on the charge had not been scheduled with the 196th District Court as of Thursday.

Ray was shot and killed four years ago as a result of a domestic dispute.
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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the murder of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray.

The state’s highest appeals court has yet to announce its decision concerning the case of Micah Crofford Brown of Greenville, Ray’s estranged husband, who was convicted of  capital murder in Ray’s death and was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reviewed the case in November 2014.

“It’s still pending,” said Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr.

Both the defense and prosecution attorneys waived oral arguments before the court.

The proposed extension of FM 1570 has been talked about for years and was included as part of the Small Area Plan adopted in 2011.

State transportation officials found no major issues with a proposed project to expand FM 1570.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) published a notice in Sunday’s Herald-Banner, indicating the agency found no significant impact from the plan to extend FM 1570 between State Highway 66 and U.S. Highway 380, which may be part of the long-anticipated “Greenville Loop” project.

Hunt County Judge John Horn held up a folder which featured the new Hunt County logo, aproved Tuesday by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.
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Hunt County is looking more colorful than ever, thanks to a new logo approved by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.

The idea for a county logo came from the 2015 Hunt County Leadership Class through the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The group’s Paul Kelley appeared before the Commissioners Tuesday.

“This actually came to fruition when we came back from Hunt County Days on the bus,” Kelley said.

Each Leadership Class comes up with a project to tackle, designed to improve the community. The 13 members in this year’s class considered coming up with a new logo.

Roger Dale Hogue
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A Lone Oak man, previously convicted of murder, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on multiple charges in connection with an incident in and around the city last month.

Roger Dale Hogue, 48, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail, following his arrest on the night of May 20, after witnesses reported observing Hogue repeatedly threaten the female driver of a mini-van by pointing a handgun at her head. The woman was not injured as a result of the incident.

Bradford said it was unclear as of Monday evening why Rigsby did not stop at the crossing.
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A local woman was killed Monday morning when the pickup she was driving was struck by a train east of Greenville. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said Ladonna S. Rigsby, 66, of Greenville was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on County Road 4108.

“We have turned over internal affairs investigations to the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said. “The Texas Rangers have turned their reports in as well.”

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said his department’s internal investigation into the video which shows a deputy hitting a pregnant woman has been completed.

But the information will not be released until after a separate investigation into the incident is completed by the Texas Rangers.

“We’re not going to release that until we get the Texas Rangers report,” Meeks said.

A widely circulated video depicts a deputy hitting the then-pregnant Deanna Robinson during an arrest on March 4.

A state appeals court has upheld the conviction and sentence of life in prison handed down to a local man last year, after he was found guilty of dealing drugs.
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A state appeals court has upheld the conviction and sentence of life in prison handed down to a local man last year, after he was found guilty of dealing drugs.

Tyrone Denard Anderson of Greenville was sentenced as a habitual criminal, after having been previously convicted of at least four felony offenses.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana issued a statement Thursday morning, denying Anderson’s appeal and affirming the conviction and sentence. However, the court did note that Anderson was improperly ordered to pay attorney’s fees in the case.


Motorists who travel through the Campbell area will be needing to navigate through some construction zones starting next week and likely continuing well into the fall.

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials Thursday announced work will begin Monday on FM 513 in Hunt County, between FM 499 and the Interstate 30 South Frontage Road.

A.K. Gillis & Sons is the contractor and has been given 118 working days to complete the estimated $1.6 million project.

Roger Dale Hogue
Greenville Herald-Banner

Calls from concerned citizens and a rapid response by area law enforcement may have resulted in a woman’s life being saved Wednesday night.

Roger Dale Hogue, 48, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence, for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at the woman’s head during the incident. At the time of the arrest, Hogue was on parole for a 1998 murder in Lone Oak.