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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Proposition 1 involves the funding of transportation projects in Texas.
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Voters across the State of Texas will be headed to the polls Tuesday to choose their next governor. There have also been hotly contested races for the offices of lieutenant governor, senator, comptroller and more.

There is also a proposition on the ballot to increase the amount of funding available for building and maintaining roads in the state.

A planned development on the west side of Greenville could be bigger than expected.
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A huge master-planned, multi-use community just west of Greenville may be growing even larger than previously proposed.

Two meetings are scheduled this week for the board of directors overseeing the Walton Development. The agendas for the sessions include items calling for additional land as part of the development, and also splitting the development into two municipal utility districts.

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U.S. Representative Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) is reported to be making progress in his recovery from a two vehicle accident in Fannin County earlier this month.

Hall’s Washington office released a statement Tuesday, indicating that Hall is continuing to recuperate at Medical Center of Plano. Hall, 91, suffered a broken nose and femur as a result of the October 4 accident near Trenton. Tuesday’s announcement said Hall was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility over the weekend.

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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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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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.

The proposal, Senate Bill 538, would allow the governor to declare a state of infectious disease emergency, create stockpiles of protective equipment, and grant health officials greater power to stop public transportation vehicles and detain individuals w
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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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