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.

Pages

Hunt County
8:08 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Ballots being prepared for general election

Ballots for the November 4 general election are expected to be completed and be able for distribution to overseas voters by mid-September.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

It is going to be about another month before voters know exactly who will be on the ballots for the November 4 general election.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said the final ballots are scheduled to be distributed soon.

“It is probably going to be around the second week of September,” Cook said.

There are still some last minute additions being made to the names which will appear on the ballots in state races.

Read more
Greenville
8:04 am
Thu August 7, 2014

No sale made on Exchange Building

The City of Greenville will be attempting to line up new leases with the tenants of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building, after being unable to sell the downtown landmark.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

A downtown landmark will remain in the hands of the City of Greenville.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the city was unable to sell the Paul Mathews Exchange Building to the only bidder.

“The individual we had been negotiating with ... he could not secure long term leases with the tenants,” Ebrahim said.

Read more
Greenville
7:52 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Burger King given building permit

Credit Provided Photo

Hungry residents of the City of Greenville are getting closer to being able to buy a Whopper.

Construction is expected to begin soon on a new Burger King, which will be built on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 7401 Interstate 30.

A building permit had been issued for the restaurant as of last week. City of Greenville Building Official Steve Methven said signs of movement are expected on the project in the next week or so.

It is the latest in a series of restaurants building or expanding in Greenville this year.

Read more
Lake Tawakoni
7:41 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Bridge replacement about halfway completed

Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Construction has been under way for almost two years on the single largest highway improvement project ever seen in southern Hunt County.

But it will likely be almost two more years before motorists will be able to drive across an expanded Two-Mile Bridge/State Highway 276, the main connector between West Tawakoni in Hunt County and East Tawakoni in Rains County.

Read more
Greenville ISD
7:58 am
Mon August 4, 2014

GISD board to declare support of YMCA

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees intends this week to take another vote of support for the City of Greenville recreation/event center project.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees intends this week to again voice its support for the upcoming recreation/event center project.

After previously adopting an informal agreement to dedicate funding to the facility, which is likely to be operated by the YMCA  of Greenville and Hunt County, the Greenville ISD board is set to issue a formal position statement declaring the district’s pledge to provide up to $1 million for the center.

Read more
Greenville
7:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Restarting the Splash countdown

Officials with Splash Kingdom say work on the water park in Greenville, which began earlier this year, is scheduled to resume this week, with the goal of opening the park next summer.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

It again looks like there will be a water park in Greenville next summer.

Officials with Splash Kingdom have announced construction on the company’s Greenville facility is expected to resume this week.

Construction of the infrastructure, road and utilities, is scheduled to begin,” said Splash Kingdom President and CEO Johnny Blevins of the plan to restart operations  at the site along the Interstate 30 service road.

Read more
Hunt County
7:49 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Not guilty plea given in intoxication assault case

Willie Doss Jr.
Credit Provided Photo

A local man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated and causing an injury accident in Commerce.

Willie Doss Jr., 44, remained in custody at the Hunt County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 bond on a charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle, as well as a $20,000 bond for a probation violation on a charge of robbery.

The Hunt County grand jury issued the intoxication assault indictment July 25.

Read more
Hunt County
7:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Attorney seeks delay in start of murder trial

Arturo Vega
Credit Provided Photo

The attorney for Arturo Aguilar Vega is seeking a delay in the scheduled start of the defendant’s capital murder trial later this month.

Vega has pleaded not guilty in connection with the 2011 death of 2-year-old Brandon Herrera in Campbell.

Defense counsel Dennis Davis is seeking a continuance in the case until after a hearing can be held over whether Herrera’s autopsy report can be admitted into evidence.

A status hearing regarding the case against Vega is scheduled Friday in the 354th District Court. Jury selection in Vega’s trial is set to begin August 20.

Read more
Greenville
8:05 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Elderly resident’s death still under investigation

Few details are being released concerning the death of Robert Younger of Greenville.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said the incident remained classified as an “unattended death” as of Monday.

“There has still been no ruling on manner or cause of death with regard to the death of Mr. Younger,” Barton said. “No individual has been arrested or detained in relation to this matter.”

A statement issued by the police department indicated Younger’s body was found at the Forest Park cemetery on U.S. Business 69 at approximately 9 a.m. July 20.

Read more
Hunt County
7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Grand jury issues intoxication assault indictment

Willie Doss Jr.
Credit Provided Photo

A local man has been indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash which injured three people in Commerce.

Willie Doss Jr., 44, of Greenville, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond on a charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle, with a second count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon regarding the incident in May.

The Hunt County grand jury issued the indictment Friday, as it began its six month term of serving the 354th District Court.

Read more
Greenville
7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

City waiting on new street repair numbers

Bids are due to be opened this week for a program to make repairs on approximately one dozen streets in Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The City of Greenville is hoping for some good news this week, as a second set of bids are opened on the 2014 Street Improvement Program.

Only two bids were received last month, after the first time the current year’s effort was advertised, and both came in above the projected budget for the job.

The bids are due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, after which they will opened and evaluated by the city staff, before they are presented to the Greenville City Council for its consideration.

Read more
Greenville
3:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Police continue investigation into elderly resident's death

Robert Younger
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville Police Department is investigating the death of an elderly local resident, whose body was discovered in a cemetery over the weekend.

A memorial service is set Thursday for Robert Younger, 86, of Greenville.

Few details had been released as of Tuesday evening concerning the circumstances of Younger’s death.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said a cause of death had not been determined, pending the results of an autopsy.

The police department was characterizing it as an “unattended death” as of Tuesday evening.

Read more
Greenville
3:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Council approves new sign for Texan Theater

The historic Texan Theater.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville City Council has approved a big new electronic sign for the historic Texan Theater.

The digital sign will be installed on a coffee shop being built next store as part of the entire project to renovate the theater.

“It is going to be something Greenville is going to be proud of,” said Building Official Steve Methven, in recommending the change in the city’s code of ordinances.

Read more
Hunt County
7:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

County slated to ratify general election judges

It will only be a matter of weeks before voters in Hunt County join others across the state to begin casting ballots for the November general election.

The Hunt County Commissioners Court is scheduled today to take a step in preparing for the election, by ratifying the judges and alternate judges for elections for the the next two years.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook is presenting the item before the commissioners as part of the regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.

Read more
Hunt County
7:49 am
Tue July 22, 2014

County conducting online vehicle auction

Hunt County is selling off multiple surplus vehicles, including some which had been seized by law enforcement, through the auction which begins Tuesday morning at renebates.com.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Automobile enthusiasts looking for a potential bargain may be interested in an online auction beginning Tuesday.

Hunt County is selling off multiple surplus vehicles, including some which had been seized by law enforcement, through the auction which begins Tuesday morning at renebates.com.

A total of 19 vehicles will be up for bid. The lots include a total of 10 Ford Crown Victorias, a 2008 Dodge Charger, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala and a 2002 Ford E350 XL Van.

Read more

Pages