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
9:14 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Police search for missing woman

Lisa Andrews of Greenville has been reported missing.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

An investigation is underway into a woman reported missing from Greenville for more than 10 days.

The Greenville Police Department was searching Thursday evening for Lisa Byrd-New Andrews.

Andrews was reported missing Dec. 11. She was last seen by family members in Greenville on Dec. 7.

According to the police report, Andrews is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Ford Mustang belonging to a family member. The Texas license plate on the car is CZ5 K949.

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Greenville
3:53 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Phoenix School fights to keep charter

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a Dec. 15 town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The board of the Phoenix School is asking for the public’s support in appealing a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the Greenville school’s charter.

A letter issued to parents of students at the school from board President Maxine Thomas MD, Superintendent Lula Turnipseed Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Derek Love said the school has been treated unfairly by the TEA.

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Greenville
7:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Phoenix Charter School to appeal revocation

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Brad Kellar Greenville Herald-Banner

Officials with the Phoenix Charter School in Greenville have announced they intend to appeal a decision by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to revoke the school’s charter.

A statement posted on the school’s web site Wednesday afternoon indicated that a town hall meeting concerning the issue has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Zeta Building on the Phoenix campus.

“School will continue as normal,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing you on Monday. We are here to stay.”

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Greenville
10:45 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Council expected to keep two TIRZ board members

Tuesday, the council is scheduled to re-appoint Angel Delgado to Place 2 and George Lacy to Place 4. Both Delgado and Lacy eligible to serve and have an expressed a desire to continue to serve on the board.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

Two members are scheduled to return to a board which helps oversee development across a wide area of Greenville.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled this week to re-appoint two current members to the board of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) No. 1.

The council voted earlier this year to name three people to the board, the first change in the makeup of the panel since its creation in 2009.

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Hunt County
10:32 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Homicide suspect in custody

Kyle Anthony Kauffmann
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

A suspect has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the death late last month of William Dow Schauer, 70, of Terrell.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said a murder warrant was issued for Kyle Anthony Kauffmann, 18, of Terrell. Kauffmann was being held Monday in the Ellis County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond on the murder charge and $5,000 bond on a felony theft charge.

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Greenville
4:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Details on Greenville's Christmas events Saturday

A city worker lights up the Christmas tree in Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar

The following is the information for the City of Greenville's Christmas events Saturday, including the parade:

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Hunt County
7:36 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Settlement expected in A&R Demolition case

The county and the TCEQ filed the suit against the Travis County demolition company, which made headlines when it destroyed two north Texas sports landmarks, in July 2011, alleging the business illegally disposed of debris from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Credit www.ardemolition.com

A hearing is expected in state district court this week, in order to file the final paperwork in the resolution of a major illegal dumping suit, involving a famous demolition company’s handling of debris from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

But Hunt County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray said it will probably be after the first of the year before the litigation against A&R Demolition Inc. can be completely settled.

A hearing is scheduled Monday in the 196th District Court.

“We have some paperwork we are going to get to the judge,” Ray said.

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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.
NPR

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.
Credit Courtesy Photo

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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