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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Greenville
8:25 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New sign proposed for theater project

Public hearings are scheduled this week on a plan to add a new electronic sign at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Texan Theater is wanting its name up in lights ... lots of lights.

The historic theater in downtown Greenville, currently undergoing a major renovation effort, would be home to a big new electronic sign if city leaders vote this week to approve a change in the code or ordinances.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing during Monday’s regular session — starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street — before voting on whether to recommend the change to the Greenville City Council.

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Greenville
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Developer planning townhouses in city

Public hearings and votes are scheduled this week on a proposed zoning change which would allow townhomes to be built on a vacant tract along FM 1570/Jack Finney Boulevard in Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Greenville city officials are expected to decide this week whether to approve a change in zoning to allow townhomes to be built along a stretch of Jack Finney Boulevard/FM 1570.

Larry Jackson is seeking a change in zoning from the current Single Family 2 (SF-2) to Single Family Attached (SF-A) for the tract in the 7500 block of FM 1570.

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Greenville
10:24 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Change in city water concern for dialysis patients, fish owners

Credit StateImpact Texas

It has become a tradition for customers of the City of Greenville water department.

During late summer, the city switches which disinfectant it uses to treat the local water supply, leading to changes in the smell and taste.

But this summer, city officials are also warning of the potential risks for kidney patients.

According to an announcement from the city, starting today the City of Greenville’s Water Treatment Plant will be changing the disinfectant it uses from chlorine to chloramines.

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Greenville
9:32 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Council votes to fund recreation and event center

David Bench, YMCA Support Committee Chairman, appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council voting to approve the creation of a recreation/event center.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with the establishment of a recreation/event center in the Greenville SportsPark.

Votes will be taken at future meetings to formally sell the $15 million in bonds needed for the project and eventually to determine whether the YMCA will operate and manage the facility.

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Hunt County
3:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Sheriff's office to use armored vehicle, commissioner cites concerns

This is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle similar to the one recently acquired by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office.
Credit NPR

The Hunt County Commissioners Court may vote to approve additional funds this week for an armored personnel carrier obtained from federal surplus for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

The commissioners are scheduled to discuss and take action Tuesday on training and expenditures related to the newly acquired Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. The vote is included under Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.

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Greenville
10:18 am
Mon June 30, 2014

City moves to prevent sewage flow into Sabine watershed

Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

City officials should know by the middle of next month how much it will cost to make repairs to a portion of Greenville’s wastewater collection system.

Bids are due July 15 on a project designed to help keep the wastewater out of area rivers and streams.

“We are wanting to upgrade old sewer lines, so that sewage stays in the ground and doesn’t come out,” explained Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim.

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Hunt County
11:46 am
Mon June 16, 2014

David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday is June 20

Fishing Friday brings out hundreds of anglers to Graham park in Greenville each year, including fathers and sons. The 18th Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday is scheduled this week.
Credit Brad Kellar

Three hours of fun and fishing are planned Friday, as law enforcement officers again remember one of their own.

The 18th Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Graham Park.

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City of Greenville
11:41 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Sayle, Stonewall, Webb jobs up for grabs

Credit City of Greenville

City of Greenville officials will learn this week if there are any contractors interested in rebuilding three local streets and/or performing maintenance work on several others.

Bids are due Tuesday afternoon from companies wanting to rebuild the south end of Sayle Street, the south end of Stonewall Street and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets; as well as complete the 2014 Street Improvement Program.

After the bids are opened and evaluated by city staff, they will be presented to the Greenville City Council for its consideration.

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City of Greenville
7:12 am
Mon June 16, 2014

New public works director expected

Massoud Ebrahim
Credit City of Greenville

An announcement could come soon that a new public works director has been hired for the City of Greenville.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said Friday that the city has extended an offer for the Director of Public Works position and is awaiting confirmation from the individual. Barton said the city will send a news release when there is an acceptance and a start date for the winning candidate. The city began advertising the position in March.

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Hunt County
1:39 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Sheriff’s Office to receive personnel carrier

Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Hunt County Commissioners Court approved a funds transfer Tuesday, which will allow the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office to receive an armored personnel carrier from federal surplus.

But the commissioners wanted to discuss the issue for a while before taking a vote.

The commissioners voted during Tuesday’s regular session to approve the transfer of $2,600 from the equipment line item of the Federal  Forfeiture Account to pay for the delivery of a 2012 Mine Resistant Vehicle, which will be used by the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit.

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Greenville ISD
1:35 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

GISD adds two colors to dress code

Greenville High School student Katie McMurray models one of the inventive costumes.
Credit Joseph Hamrick / Greenville Herald-Banner

Greenville Independent School District students will now have two extra colors to choose from beginning this fall.

The GISD School Board of Trustees approved solid navy and grey shirts and navy pants to the roster of colors to choose from during the Tuesday meeting.

Shirt colors now include red, white, black, navy and grey, and pants include khaki, black and navy to the repertoire of colors available.

According to District 6 Trustee Slack Brown, this is not a relaxation of the current dress code in place.

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Hunt County
9:58 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Training to close parts of FM 2101 Wed. afternoon

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Law enforcement, emergency management and hospital district personnel will be involved this afternoon in an “active shooter” drill in and near the Boles Independent School District.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is joining Hunt Regional Healthcare, the American Red Cross and the Boles ISD in conducting a large scale training exercise near the area of State Highway 34 and FM 2101.

The drill will involve multiple police, fire and EMS vehicles and personnel traveling into and out of the area.

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