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
9:45 am
Fri February 14, 2014

GISD trustees extend superintendent's contract

Greenville Independent School District
KETR / ketr.org

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees voted this week to extend the contract of Superintendent Don Jefferies.

The board was scheduled to consider Jefferies’ annual evaluation and vote on his contract during Tuesday’s regular session.

Greenville ISD Director of Community Services Kelli Tharp said Wednesday the board voted unanimously during the meeting to extend the superintendent’s contract for one year.

But Tharp said Jefferies’s evaluation will have to wait for a special meeting next week.

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2014 Elections
4:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

GOP primary: Hunt County ballot

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Hunt County voters will be casting ballots for congress, state senate, state representative, county judge, 196th district court, district clerk, county court at law No. 1, county clerk, county commissioners in precincts 2 and 4, justices of the peace and constables.

All of the contested primary races in Hunt County are on the Republican Party ballot.

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City of Greenville
10:49 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Man sentenced again for aggravated assault

Greenville Police Department found Bernard Dale Kelly Jr. at the scence of the crime.
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A local man has been re-sentenced to prison on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in a situation which resulted in an appeals court overturning Bernard Dale Kelly Jr.’s original punishment and the recusal of the trial judge who originally heard the case.

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City of Commerce
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Woman given prison sentence in manslaughter case

Myeisha Simone Garcia
Commerce Police Department

A Commerce woman was sentenced to prison Tuesday, after earlier pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter in connection with the November 2012 stabbing death of a Greenville man.

Myeisha Simone Garcia was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division, following the sentencing hearing in the 354th District Court, according to Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr.

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City of Greenville
10:11 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Council votes to raise FM 499 speed limit

Picture of 649 Farm to Market Road 499 in Greenville.
Google maps / https://maps.google.com/

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the speed limit of one of the main roads which passes through the Ardis Heights community.

“This segment of the road is FM 499, which is also called Forester Street,” said City Manager Massoud Ebrahim. “The speed limit can be raised by 5 mph.”

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2014 Elections
9:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

GOP candidates square off in Greenville

Andrew Bench, right, the challenger for the 196th District Court Judge seat, debates incumbent Judge Steve Tittle Monday night during the Herald-Banner and Hunt County GOP Club forum at the Landmark on Lee Street.
Brad Kellar

An overflow crowd of potential voters was in attendance in downtown Greenville Monday night, to hear from many of the candidates seeking Republican Party nominations during the March 4 primary elections.

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Hunt County
10:37 am
Wed February 5, 2014

This ranch in county a bit too risque

Hunt County Sheriff’s Department investigated suspisions of a sexually oriented business operating in Hunt County.
Hunt County / www.huntcounty.net

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to close down a ranch in the county.

But this operation apparently had nothing to do with horses or cows and it appeared the wearing of a cowboy hats, boots and just about any other form of clothing was completely optional.

Sheriff Randy Meeks said Tuesday his office was notified about a month ago about “Risque Ranch”, a possibly sexually-oriented business operating in Hunt County.

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City of Greenville
10:18 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Splash Kingdom to break ground

Ground is scheduled to be broken Monday for the Splash Kingdom water park in Greenville. The company currently operates three water parks, including this one in Shreveport, La.
Courtesy of Splash Kingdom

Officials with Splash Kingdom announced Tuesday that the official ground breaking ceremony for their Greenville water park is set for the afternoon of Feb. 10 at its future location, 6501 Interstate 30.

The word came following the quarterly Tourism Partnership Alliance Meeting, according to Greenville Chamber President/CEO Brendon Payne.

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Hunt County
10:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Celeste police chief commits suicide

Celeste Chief of Police Roger Eugene Mueller III was brought to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville for medical attention before he was pronounced dead.
Hunt Regional Healthcare / www.huntregional.org

Celeste Chief of Police Roger Eugene Mueller III has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mueller was awaiting trial on two counts of indecency with a child.

Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. said he was notified of Mueller’s death Monday night.

“I got a call at around 8 p.m. that he had commited suicide,” Walker said.

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City of Greenville
3:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Sentencing scheduled for manslaughter case

Myeisha Simone Garcia has been scheduled to go to court on Feb. 6 for the stabbing of Jamal Stanton on Nov. 28, 2012.
Commerce Police Department

A punishment hearing is set this week for a Commerce woman, who pleaded guilty in connection with the November 2012 stabbing death of a Greenville man.

Myeisha Simone Garcia had previously pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in connection with the death of Jamal Stanton.

Garcia entered an open pleas of guilty during a January 2 hearing in the 354th District Court to manslaughter, count two of the indictment which was returned by the Hunt County grand jury in February 2013.

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