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
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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City of Greenville
2:21 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Donor makes sure city gets new fire truck

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Somebody out there really wants the City of Greenville to have a new fire truck.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim told the city council Tuesday that the same anonymous donor who had already contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the cost of the truck had made yet another payment.

“I did receive a third and final donation of $150,000,” Ebrahim said.

Ebrahim briefed the council about the process of lining up funding for the truck.

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City of Greenville
10:29 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Council votes down bus camera agreement

The Greenville City Council heard Tuesday from representatives with the Greenville Independent School District and Dallas County Schools concerning a plan to install security cameras on local school buses.
Herald-Banner

A plan to install security cameras on local school buses appears to be in jeopardy, after the Greenville City Council Tuesday voted against an agreement designed  to help alleviate any associated legal costs.

The council was scheduled to enter into a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Greenville Independent School District, which would come into play in the event drivers ticketed under a city ordinance decided to sue.

But Council member James Evans objected to the entire proposal, voicing constitutional amendment issues among other concerns.

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Greenville
7:41 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Crossroads Mall transformation coming

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Work is about to begin on the transformation of Greenville’s Crossroads Mall into a “big box” shopping center.

The mall opened in 1983, but will likely celebrate its 31st birthday as something completely different.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the project is expected to get under way within three weeks.

“City officials met with the mall owners last week and learned construction should begin by either the last week of January or the first week of February,” Ebrahim said. “We have extended their building permit to the end of February 2014.”

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