Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports at newspapers in the Southwest and Midwest. Haslett developed a passion for radio as a youth, when he helped his father, a program host at (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.

Haslett's other professional interests include teaching and massage therapy. He holds a master's degree from the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Campeche, Mexico. Haslett earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medofrd, Mass. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and is a graduate of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin.

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The Chase Bank in Greenville is located in the large commercial strip along Wesley Street.

updated, 2:25 p.m.

A person, described by Greenville police only as a juvenile, robbed the local Chase bank at knifepoint, but was later captured, according to Greenville police.

Shootings were reported at two different locations in Commerce, the first around 6 p.m., and the second around 7 p.m. on July 1.
Commerce Police Department

Two men died and three other people were wounded in two shooting incidents that occurred in Commerce on the evening of Sunday, July 1. Local police say they believe the shootings are related.

Updated June 20, 2018, 2:44 p.m.: The driver in the story below has been identified as 30-year-old Matthias Slaughter of Garland. He is being held at the Hunt County Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant, driving while intoxicated, evading arrest,  and resisting arrest.

The details haven't been finalized, but signficant budget cuts of some kind seem inevitable for Greenville schools in the 2018-19 school year.

The fiscally troubled Greenville Independent School District has outlined a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes major cuts, including elimination of several programs. The budget was presented to the public at a May 31 workshop hosted by the Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Data released May 31 show most of Northeast Texas either abnormally dry or in moderate drought.
U.S. Drought Monitor

It’s not quite June yet, but parts of Northeast Texas are already experiencing dry soil conditions as the region heads into summer. The Sulphur River valley and adjacent areas are particularly dry.

Collin County Sheriff's Office deputies and dive teams from Lewisville and Wylie responded to a call of a possible drowning on Sunday evening.
Collin County Sheriff's Office

Update: May 30, 2018: Police in Melissa have identified the 18 year old Bonham man as Xzavion Epps.

A Bonham teenager, whose idenitity has not been released as of late Monday morning, appears to have drowned at a pond near Melissa.

Reebcca Jowers, executive director of the Rockwall-based Poiema Foundation, addressed the public in Emory on the topic of human trafficking on May 21.
Mark Haslett

Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, or sex, or both. In places like Northeast Texas, it’s not the sort of thing that many people think about or discuss. Not only is the topic deeply disturbing, but evidence of the trafficking underworld isn’t readily visible to people who don’t know what to look for.

Either Reggie Smith, left, or Brent Lawson will with the Republican nomination for Texas House District 62, which includes Delta, Fannin and Grayson counties.
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Republican Reggie Smith of Sherman is the early favorite be the new person to represent Delta, Fannin and Grayson counties in the Texas House of Representatives.

Commerce Police are seeking Lacey Johnson, who escaped from officers on May 19.
Commerce Police Department

Commerce police continue to seek a suspect wanted in connected with a stolen car recovered in Commerce on Saturday. The suspect, identified by Commerce police as Lacey Johnson, eluded a multi-agency manhunt in Commerce that night.

Jason Rector, then serving as Interim Chief of Police, speaks with the public at an open house on March 1 in Commerce.
Emma Anderson

Jason Rector has been named Chief of Police for the Commerce Police Department. Rector had been serving as interim chief since the resignation of former Chief of Police Kerry Crews in June 2017.

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TAMU-C Photo

Two players from last year's NCAA Division II National Champion Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions signed with the NFL this week. Harlon Hill Trophy-winning Lions quarterback Luis Perez signed with the Los Angeles Rams; All-American Lions tackle Jared Machorro signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Dr. Yoon Duk "Debbie" Kim was found dead inside her Rockwall home on May 7.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A four-year-old girl is in Child Protective Services custody following a house fire and possible murder-suicide at a Rockwall home on Monday morning, local police said.

Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander was shot during the course of duty on April 24 and died the following morning.
Dallas Police Dept.

Dallas Police Department Officer Rogelio Santander died Wednesday morning as a result of injuries sustained during the course of duty Tuesday in Dallas. Santander, 27, was shot along with fellow officer Crystal Almeida, 26. Shot during the same incident was an employee of the Dallas Home Depot store where the incident occurred.

This screenshot released by the Scudder campaign includes "internet partner," "Republic of Belarus" and "Minsk" written in Cyrillic letters.
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It’s a long way between Russia and Northeast Texas, but apparently, the significance of Texas Senate District 2 is enough to attract attention from the land of beet soup and bath houses.

In 1973, Dave Nelson became the first player in Texas Rangers history to play on defense in an All-Star Game when he replaced Oakland's Sal Bando at third base.
Texas Rangers media-issued photograph

Dave Nelson, a speedy infielder who was one of two Texas Rangers players on the 1973 American League All-Star team, has died. Nelson was 73. In recent years, Nelson was a television broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, who said in a statement released today that Nelson had been battling a long illness.