KETR

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 is a graduate student in 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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Members of the Norris Community hosted an Aug. 8 meeting where residents spoke with city officials and planners about revitalization plans for Commerce.
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The City of Commerce has contracted with Toole Design Group, a national urban planning firm, to devise a plan to improve the city’s downtown and transportation corridors. Planners and city officials held an open meeting in the Norris Community, the historically African-American neighborhood on the northeast side of Commerce, on Aug. 8.

Lands slated for annexation include areas along west Highway 66 in Rockwall County, along east Highway 66 in Collin and Hunt counties; along north Interstate 30 in Hunt County; and along south Interstate 30 and Farm to Market 1565 in Hunt County.
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Some Royse City landowners express opposition to the city’s plans to annex land; Sherman pain doctor accused of abusing stepdaughter.

“In this attempt, a call is received and the caller ID displays ‘City of Paris,’” Hundley told The Paris News. “However, it is not the city calling."
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Mosquito trucks will be spraying in Greenville, where two mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been trapped; Telephone scammers trying to mislead people in Paris.

Pfc. Christian J. Chandler, 20, of Trenton, died April 28, 2014, in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, after his unit was attacked by small arms fire.
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An Afghan national living in Germany has been charged with the 2014 murder of a U.S. soldier from Trenton; Commerce police announce “safe zone” for public transactions.

"A huge thanks to our volunteers who are making the trail experience a better one for all involved," said Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley regarding a recent citizen patrol program on the Trail de Paris.
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Volunteer patrols of the Trail de Paris are off to a successful start, the Greenville YMCA is now completely open, and mosquito trucks are on the move in Commerce.

Howard Gregg Diamond operated a clinic in Paris as well as Sherman, both of which did business as Diamondback Pain and Wellness.
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A Sherman doctor indicted in connection with the death of a Sulphur Springs person and six others will remain in jail for the time being.

Customers line up at the jerky bar at Buc-ee's in New Braunfels, Texas. Buc-ee's bills itself as the largest convenience store in the world and sells 37 different kinds of jerky.
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It will be a little longer before Northeast Texans can roll into Royse City for some minor-league baseball and grab a bag of beaver nuggets on the way home. A proposed baseball stadium scheduled to begin operations next summer has pushed that date to 2019. And a planned Buc-ee’s convenience store location has bumped its opening from 2019 to 2020.

Texas Rep. Gary VanDeaver, at left, held a town hall meeting in Paris on July 11. VanDeaver is touring the district in adavnce of next week's special session of the Texas Legislature.
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Texas State Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) spoke to and took questions from about 50 people at a town hall meeting in Paris on Tuesday evening. The event was hosted at Paris Junior College’s Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center at 2400 Clarksville St.

Michael Beane resigned from his position on the Commerce Independent School District Board of Trustees this morning. The announcement came at a special meeting of the Commerce ISD board.

City Manager Darrek Ferrell, attorney Julia Gannaway and Mayor Wyman Williams presented to attendees at the June 26 meeting.
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City of Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews will resign and accept an administrative job with the City of Commerce, city officials announced Monday evening.

Carmen Ponder was arrested on May 20 in the parking lot of the Commerce Wal-Mart.
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The City of Commerce plans to hold a public meeting tonight in order to share the findings of an internal investigation of the role of Chief of Police Kerry Crews in the arrest of a Texas A&M University-Commerce student. The meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and is scheduled to include a public presentation, followed by a private session to discuss the city’s plans for Crews. The meeting has been scheduled to happen at the First Baptist Church, located at 1401 Washington St.

Negotiations continue between the city's attorneys and Chief Crews' legal representation, City Manager Darrek Ferrell said.
Mark Haslett

Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews remains on administrative leave, although City Manager Darrek Ferrell has said that Crews' employment status should be resolved soon. Crews has been on leave since the aftermath of a highly publicized incident on May 20 in which he was involved in the arrest of a Texas A&M University-Commerce student.

Carmen Ponder and S. Lee Merritt in Dallas on June 13.
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Carmen Ponder, the Texas A&M University-Commerce student who was arrested by Commerce police during a controversial series of events on May 20, will not face any criminal charges as a result of the incident. Ponder's attorney, Dallas-based S. Lee Merritt, announced at a press conference this morning that Hunt County prosecutors will drop the case. Ponder had been charged with resisting or evading arrest or detention, a Class A misdemeanor.

Negotiations continue between the city's attorneys and Chief Crews' legal representation, City Manager Darrek Ferrell said.
Mark Haslett

An attorney hired by the City of Commerce to investigate a highly publicized road-rage incident has told local officials that Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews was not the driver who confronted a Texas A&M University-Commerce student in the parking lot of the local Walmart on May 20. However, many questions remain regarding the incident that ended with police arresting Carmen Ponder, 26, of a Dallas, a senior at A&M-Commerce.

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updated, May 31, 2017, 4 p.m.

Three people are dead following a surreal gun battle yesterday evening at the Nissan Dealership in Greenville.

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