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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City of Greenville
3:13 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

City: No start date yet for mall project

The renovation of Crossroads Mall still needs a start date.
KETR / ketr.org

The transformation of Greenville’s Crossroads Mall into a “big box” shopping center is expected to begin in the near future.

Greenville City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said late last week he had not heard from developers behind the project as to an exact start date for the work, although the most recent announcement said the effort was expected to begin by the first week of February. The developers have four weeks to get under way, as the current building permit for the project runs until the end of this month.

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Hunt County
2:56 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Grand jury returns assault indictments

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The Hunt County grand jury has returned multiple indictments alleging incidents of aggravated assault.

 — Timothy James Hobbs, 33, of Wylie, received one indictment for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hobbs was alleged in the indictment to have stabbed a male victim with a knife on Nov. 23, 2012.

— Brandon Shane Hooten, 37, of Greenville, received one indictment for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hooten was alleged to have threatened a female victim with a knife on January 9.

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City of Greenville
2:34 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Multiple firearms indictments to be unsealed

196th District Court house
www.huntcounty.net

Multiple sealed indictments alleging the illegal possession of firearms are expected to be made public Feb. 3, during hearings in the 196th District Court.

A total of 10 charges against one individual are scheduled to be considered during the hearings, scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 3.

The individual named in the indictments is identified on the court’s docket only by his/her initials, ARD, until such time as the charges are unsealed and made public.

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Hunt County
7:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Voter registration deadline is Feb. 3

NPR

Voters have only a few days left to make sure they can participate in the March 4 primary elections, which in Hunt County multiple contested races on the GOP side.

Monday, Feb. 3 is the deadline to register to vote, or to make a change of address to be effective for election day, through the Hunt County Voter Administration Office, 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville. Early voting is scheduled February 18-28.

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Greenville
7:46 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Bond hearing today in Jan. shooting case

A state district judge will decide this week whether a local man, facing multiple charges in connection with a reported Jan. 15 robbery/shooting at a Greenville residence, will receive a reduction in his almost $1 million in bonds.

Christopher Steven Martin of Greenville has also been charges in connection with a Jan. 2 incident at another local residence.

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City of Greenville
3:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New elementary school part of bond proposal

A statue of James Bowie stands at the entrance of Bowie Elementary School in Greenville. The Greenville Independent School District is considering a $60-$70 million bond proposal, a portion of which would pay for a new Bowie school.
Brad Kellar

The Greenville Independent School District is considering placing a slightly different bond package on the May 10 election ballot.

Instead of an originally estimated $90 million, the district is now considering a $60-$70 million package. And, instead of extensive renovations to Bowie Elementary School, the plan now is to replace the school with a new campus.

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City of Greenville
3:21 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

City council election filing to begin

Current city council: (from L to R) Back row: Jeff Dailey, Dan Perkins, James Evans and Mayor Steve Reid. Front row: Velma Del Bosque-Hobdy, Sandra Linson-Bell and Renee Francey
Greenville, Texas - Offical Website / http://www.ci.greenville.tx.us/

Filing begins this week for two seats on the Greenville City Council, which will be decided during this year’s municipal election.

Council places 3 and 4 will be on the ballot for the May 10 election. Filing for the election begins Wednesday and continues through February 25 at the City of Greenville Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

 Jeff Dailey currently serves in Place 3, and Mayor Pro-Tem Velma Del Bosque-Hobdy serves in Place 4. Both are eligible to seek re-election to the council.

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City of Greenville
9:20 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Tom McAllister honored during banquet

Roz Lane, left, the Greenville Worthy Citizen for 2012, presented the Worth Citizens 2013 award Thursday to Tom McAllister.
Brad Kellar / heraldbanner.com

In revealing the newest Greenville Worthy Citizen, Roz Lane may also have given the honoree a new nickname.

“Worthy is a ‘tator’,” Lane, last year’s Worthy Citizen, said during Thursday’s Greenville Chamber/Board of Development Annual Banquet.

“Worthy is a facilitator,” Lane said, explaining the individual had volunteered for everything from being a chaperone for sixth grade carolers touring nursing homes to helping Keep Greenville Beautiful and the Salvation Army.

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Hunts County
9:05 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Robbery shooting suspect eyes bond reduction

The incident occurred on Broadview Street, located in south central Greenville, between Stonewall Street and Interstate 30.
Brad Kellar / heraldbanner.com

A local man, arrested in connection with last week’s reported robbery/shooting on Broadview Street in Greenville, is seeking a reduction in his almost $1 million in bonds on the charges.

At the time of the shooting, Christopher Steven Martin of Greenville was already free on bond on multiple charges in connection with a January 2 incident on Walworth Street. Martin is now facing multiple counts of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault involving the January 15 shooting.

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City of Greenville
2:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New speed limits approved for frontage roads

KETR

The Greenville City Council voted this week to approve new speed limits along the Interstate 30 frontage roads in the city.

 Tuesday’s decision was not unanimous, and it was the third time the council was set to consider the multiple speed limits recommended by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The issue had been tabled twice before, awaiting a chance for the council to hear from a TxDOT representative directly. The council met with TxDOT’s Darium Samuels earlier in the day Tuesday.

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