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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Hunt County government officials are due to be sworn-in to office Thursday morning, to start the new year.

A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in the 354th District Court, on the third floor of the Hunt County Courthouse.

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A court hearing is set in Hunt County next week for a local man, arrested more than three years ago on federal charges for allegedly operating a drug ring out of the Hunt County Jail.

Bobby Joe Evens, 55, of Greenville had trial scheduled in May on multiple state-level counts of drug dealing and endangering a child. But the trial was postponed and a new trial date has not yet been set. The status of Evens’ federal charges was also undetermined as of late last week.

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The City of Greenville municipal swimming pool may open next summer, or then again it may not.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the status of the Ja-Lu Pool is dependent on the expected opening of the Splash Kingdom water park.

“At the present time we are just going to wait and see,” Ebrahim said.

The pool narrowly escaped closure this past summer, as the city was unable to find enough qualified lifeguards to supervise the facility.

“And that’s when the YMCA came in,” Ebrahim said.

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The City of Greenville should receive its new fire truck, largely paid for through the generosity of an anonymous donor, next month.

“As of now, the delivery schedule is for January 20,” said City Manager Massoud Ebrahim.

The Greenville City Council voted in March to approve the almost $656,000 purchase of a Pierce Fire Rescue Pumper and equipment for the Greenville Fire-Rescue Department.

Ebrahim said the new equipment will be welcomed with open arms by city officials, firefighters and local residents.

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The Hunt County Commissioners Court made it clear Tuesday exactly whom it trusts.

The commissioners were scheduled to vote on a resolution in support of displaying the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

County Judge John Horn said the idea for adopting the motto came to his attention about a month ago.

“There are several county agencies in Texas which have taken action on this resolution,” Horn explained, adding that the motto would be displayed inside the Commissioners Courtroom.

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A reduction in bond has been denied for a Dallas man, charged with murder in connection with the death late last month of a Hunt County resident.

Timothy Adam Kelley, 21, and Kyle Anthony Kauffmann, 18, of Terrell are being held in the Hunt County Jail involving the death of William Dow Schauer, 70.

Kelley is in custody in lieu of a total of $550,000 bond on one count each of murder and theft while Kauffmann is being held in lieu of $1 million bond on one count of murder.

Lisa Andrews of Greenville has been reported missing.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.”

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.
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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.

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

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-Commer
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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.

Dr. Myrna Gilstrap, shown here with former Greenville mayor Tom Oliver in 2009, passed away on Thursday.
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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.

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.
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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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