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.


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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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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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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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


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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East Texas
12:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Heavy rains cause flooding, damage

Residents help remove the awning which fell from the front of North Texas Title due to the storm on Thursday.
Joseph Hamrick

About half of Hunt County was reported to be under extreme drought conditions as of Thursday morning.

But much of the county was under water at some point during the day Thursday, as a series of powerful thunderstorms crossed the region, bringing the heaviest rains seen locally in months.

The rains caused widespread flooding, as rising waters covered roads and streets and leaked into several schools. The auditorium at Greenville Middle School was swamped, while officials at Bowie, Crockett and Travis elementary schools in Greenville struggled to keep up with the deluge.

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City of Greenville
3:35 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

No big rush to vote early in GISD bond election

About 1-out-of-10 Greenville voters casted their early vote by May 6 for Greenville ISD's bond elections.

A significant bond proposal and the chance to elect three members of the Greenville Independent School District board of trustees failed to generate a large early voter turnout for Saturday’s election.

A little more than one out of 10 local voters cast early ballots for the proposed $72.25 million bond before Tuesday evening’s deadline. A total of 1,400 ballots from Greenville’s 12,877 voters (10.8 percent) were cast for the citywide bond election.

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City of Greenville
4:58 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Farmers Market gets ready to open

A Farmers Market will be opening in downtown Greenville on May 10. It will be operating from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Farmer's Market

It is about to become a lot easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables on the weekends in Greenville.

And it won’t be much longer before a new restaurant is part of the activity downtown at the Greenville, Farmers Market, which opens for the season May 10, with new hours of 9 a.m. to noon.

The Farmers Market is promising to offer the best seasonal, locally grown produce, including conventional and organic fruits and vegetables. A variety of other products is often available at the market.

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