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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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.
KETR / ketr.org

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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City of Greenville
4:34 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

City reveals pool season plans

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool will be opening for the summer, if it can get enough lifeguards.
Brad Kellar

Provided there are enough lifeguards available, plans call for the Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool in Greenville to open for the summer with a free swim day on Saturday, June 7.

But as of Friday, the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department was still reporting a shortage of lifeguards for the pool.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said the pool’s free “Splash Day” was moved back a week in order to have more time to recruit the necessary personnel.

“We are hoping we get all that we need,” Barton said. “Hopefully by then, we’ll have enough.”

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Hunt County
4:02 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Guilty verdict, prison in family violence cases

Samuel Deleon Garza was found guilty for all six charges of domestic violence and will serve a heavy sentence.
Greenville Police Department

A Hunt County man has been convicted on multiple counts of domestic violence.

The jury in the 196th District Court sentenced Samuel Deleon Garza to lengthy terms in prison on each of the half-dozen charges as a habitual offender, according to Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr.

“We are pleased that this defendant received stiff sentences in each case,” Walker said. “Obviously, the jury appreciated the seriousness of these domestic violence offenses and sentenced the defendant accordingly.”

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City of Greenville
2:10 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Young sentenced to 50 years in prison

Mark Anthony Young has been sentence to 50 years in prison after being convicted for the fifth time for armed robbery.
Greenville Police Department

Prosecutors were seeking the maximum punishment for a local man with a notorious criminal past, who was convicted Thursday of his fifth armed robbery.

“It is just time we washed our hands of this problem,” said Assistant Hunt County District Attorney Steven Lilley, as he asked 354th District Court Judge Richard A. Beacom to sentence Mark Anthony Young to life in prison.

Young took the stand during the sentencing hearing, apologized to his victims and asked Beacom for leniency.

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City of Greenville
10:58 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Early voting off to fast start

Greenville ISD
KETR / ketr.org

Early voting for the May 10 municipal and school district elections got off to a fast start Monday. As expected, the Greenville ISD election, which included a $72 million bond proposal, drew a lot of interest and accounted for most of the ballots counted Monday.

Early voting for all of the elections will be conducted between 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. weekdays through May 6 at the Hunt County Voter Administration Office, 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville. Extended early voting hours will be conducted at the office between 7n a.m. and 7 p.m. today and Thursday.

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City of Greenville
10:18 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Trial set in armed robbery case

Mark Anthony Young
Greenville Police Department

A trial is scheduled this week for a local man who had pleaded guilty to his fifth armed robbery.

Mark Anthony Young had been scheduled for a punishment hearing in the 354th District Court March 13.

But Judge Richard A. Beacom announced at the start of the hearing that there were inconsistencies which had been discovered in the version of events Young provided when he waived a jury trial in January and in the version he provided as part of a presentence investigation.

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City of Greenville
11:00 am
Sat April 26, 2014

SOS for Ja-Lu Pool

A lack of available lifeguards means the City of Greenville may not be able to open the Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool as planned this summer.
Brad Kellar

Lifeguards take on the responsibility for watching over and, if needed, rescuing swimmers.

City of Greenville officials are warning that hiring more lifeguards, and soon, may be the only way to save the Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool’s summer.

Acting Parks and Recreation Director Kimber Patterson told the Greenville City Council Tuesday that even with the start of the pool’s season a month away she only has been able to hire a fraction of the staff she needs for the facility.

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Hunt County
6:00 am
Sat April 26, 2014

New indictment issued on child murder case

Arturo Aguilar Vega Jr.
www.cncpunishment.com

New indictments have been issued in the case of a Campbell couple, charged with capital murder involving the 2011 death of a 2 year-old child.

The new charges  against Arturo Daniel Vega and Gabriela Ortiz were released sealed March 28 by the Hunt County grand jury and include several more potential causes of death for Brandon Herrera.

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