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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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
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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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Greenville
3:57 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Bond reduction sought in 2013 officer attack

Edwards is seeking a bond reduction after a 2013 office attack.
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A Greenville man, charged with injuring a local police officer, is seeking a reduction in his bond.

Dakalin Dyquez Edwards is already on probation after he admitted earlier this year to being a member of a local dog fighting ring.

Edwards was arrested by the Greenville Police Department September 4 on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant, along with counts of evading arrest with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

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Hunt County
11:16 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A&R Demolition illegal dumping hearing set

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A hearing is set in state district court this week, concerning a final resolution of a major illegal dumping suit, involving a famous demolition company and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

A civil docket call is scheduled today in the 196th District Court in the case against A&R Demolition Inc. It is the first hearing in the case since a settlement agreement was announced last year.

A civil docket call is a method used to call pending civil cases for the purpose of setting trial dates.

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Hunt County
10:10 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Man arrested in Caddo Mills incident

Update, Aug. 22, 2014

A Hunt County Sheriff's Department spokesman said that all charges against Carruth were dropped in 2012 on the grounds that Carruth was "incompetent to stand trial and will not regain competence," in the judgment of a physician who filed a report with Hunt County.

Original story:

CADDO MILLS - Public lewdness is among the charges filed against a Hunt County man, who remained in jail Wednesday after he was reportedly found engaging in a disturbing act.

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Hunt County
8:04 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Sheriff’s office investigating details in shooting death

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An already violent summer in Hunt County has become even more tragic, with yet another shooting death reportedly having occurred in the county.

The Hunt and Collin county sheriff’s offices are involved in the investigation into the death of Oscar “Junior” Ovalle of Plano. Ovalle, 20, was reported to have been shot in the head Sunday morning at a residence near the Hunt/Collin county line, and died later at a hospital in McKinney.

 

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said the circumstances behind the shooting were still being ironed out as of Thursday night.

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Hunt County
8:03 am
Fri August 22, 2014

County Sheriff’s Office joins regional task force

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks
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Local law enforcement officers will be joining their counterparts from across North Texas in a task force designed to address crimes which stretch across the area.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Thursday that his office joined the newly formed Joint Intelligence and Operational Interagency Task Force, following a ceremony at the Homeland Security North Central Texas Fusion Center in McKinney.

 

Meeks said the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office will join forces with at least 16 other law enforcement agencies.

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