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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City of Greenville
10:03 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Bids sought on multiple street projects

Bids from contractors wanting to rebuild or or perform maintenance on several local streets are due to the City of Greenville in two weeks.
Credit Brad Kellar

Two weeks from today, City of Greenville officials will learn how many contractors are interested in rebuilding three local streets and/or performing maintenance work on several others.

The city is currently seeking bids from companies wanting to complete projects to rebuild the south end of Sayle Street, the south end of Stonewall Street and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets.

The city is also awaiting bids on the 2014 Street Improvement Program.

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Hunt County
10:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Guilty plea expected in armed robbery case

Larry Mata
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A local man may enter a guilty plea this week to an armed robbery indictment, which alleged he used an assault rifle during a November hold-up.

Larry Michael Mata, 25, of Greenville, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in February on one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment hearing in March before 196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle.

Mata is scheduled to enter another plea during a hearing in the court Wednesday morning.

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Hunt County
9:54 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Hearing set in murder trial

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A capital murder trial is scheduled to begin later this month, in connection with a shooting death in Greenville during the summer of 2007.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against George Washington Sharper, if he is convicted of capital murder in connection with the death of David Olivares.

A final pretrial hearing in the case is set Friday before Visiting Judge Joe Clayton of Tyler, who is hearing the case.

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Hunt County
9:50 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Splashing to begin Saturday in Greenville

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool in Greenville is scheduled to open for the summer with a free swim on June 7.
Brad Kellar

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool in Greenville is scheduled to open for the summer with a free swim Saturday.

The Greenville City Council voted last week to contract with the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County to run the pool this summer. Under the agreement, the YMCA will supply aquatics staff and manage the day-to-day operations at the pool while the City of Greenville will still be responsible for the maintenance  of the facility.

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City of Greenville
3:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Municipal government assuming tourism duties

Greenville Chamber President and CEO Brendon Payne appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council’s vote to move tourism-related activities under the direction of the City of Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville will be taking over tourism-related duties this fall, after a split Greenville City Council voted to cut funding to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Tuesday’s council meeting began with several people again asking the council to keep the hotel/motel tax money with the CVB, including Melva Hill, chair-elect of the chamber’s board of directors, who said she was confused as to why the council was taking the action.

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Hunt County
1:38 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Republicans rush to cast early votes

Hunt County Republicans rushed Monday to cast early ballots ahead of the May 27 runoff elections.

Far fewer local Democrats turned out at the Hunt County Voter Administration Building for the first day of early voting.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said 259 people voted in person Monday for the GOP primary runoff, with 747 mail-in ballots received.

The 1,006 early votes from Republicans compare to the 31 total ballots — five in person and 26 by mail — submitted by Democrats Monday.

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Quinlan
1:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Investigation into shooting death continues

Carl Allen Welch of Quinlan was taken into custody following a late Friday night shooting. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, he was being held in custody in the Hunt County Jail on a theft charge from Rains County.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The suspect charged with murder in connection with a late Friday night shooting death in south Hunt County has been released on bond.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Monday the investigation is continuing into the death of Terry R. Cale, 54, of Wills Point.

Carl Allen Welch was taken into custody following Cale’s death, was charged with one count of murder and was released on $75,000 bond.

Cale was reported to have been shot multiple times outside of a residence on Archer Lane at approximately 11 p.m. Friday.

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Greenville
8:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Charges filed following attacks on officers

Melbourne Kim
Greenville Herald-Banner

A local man is in custody at the Hunt County Jail, charged with violently attacking two officers with the Greenville Police Department.

One officer was slightly injured when the suspect threw a knife at his face.

Melbourne Francis Kym III, 27, is being held in lieu of a total of $409,500 in connection with the Monday afternoon incident.

Kym was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant, and one count each of resisting arrest, search or transport with a deadly weapon and assault causing bodily injury/family violence.

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Greenville
8:01 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lengthy sentence issued for robbery

Willie Jackson
Greenville Herald-Banner

A Greenville man has been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison for shooting a man during an armed hold-up one year ago.

A jury in the 354th District Court Tuesday sentenced Willie Frank Jackson to 90 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

The same panel had convicted Jackson, 55, Monday evening following a one-day trial.

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Hunt County
7:44 am
Thu May 15, 2014

McNabb tribute this weekend in Quinlan

NPR

A tribute is scheduled this weekend in memory of a fallen soldier from Hunt County.

United States Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Henry McNabb was killed in a 2009 helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.

His father, Hunt County Justice of the Peace David McNabb, will be honored during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford High School in Quinlan.

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