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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Trihalomethane levels at the Live Oak site have dropped since the March 2017 test.
City of Commerce

Commerce residents concerned about the city’s water quality can take encouragement from the most recent round of testing. Levels of trihalomethanes, a by-product of the water treatment process, have measured below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s desired threshold for the first time in almost two years.

Texas A&M University-Commerce's Noah Nelson, left, with guest Andrew Young.
Brittany Gryder

Civil rights leader and statesman Andrew Young spoke on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Nov. 27. Young is a former U.N. Ambassador, U.S. Congressman, Mayor of Atlanta, and aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paris voters defeated a measure that would have ended city funding of the Paris Economic Development Corporation.
KETR

A typically low-turnout, off-year election saw Paris residents cast their support behind the local economic development group, while voters across Texas approved a slate of constitutional amendments.

One of two City of Commerce water testing sites continues to show high levels of trihalomethanes, a byproduct of the water disinfection process.
Mark Haslett

It's common for the City of Commerce to mail advisories to its citizens about the local water supply. Should locals be concerned? And what's the reason for those notices, anyway?

Longtime statesman Philip Bobbitt spoke at Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Oct. 11.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Constitutional scholar and international relations expert Philip Bobbitt addressed the public on Oct. 11 at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Bobbitt's appearance was part of the university's Sam Rayburn Speaker Series

Phillip Bobbitt wil speak at 10 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 11, at Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
PBS

Constitutional scholar and international relations expert Philip Bobbit will be speaking on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Wednesday. Bobbitt will discuss what he sees as a dangerous migration of power in this nation. In an increasingly interconnected world, a world where law and the traditional order are steadily giving way to nationalism, extremism and chaos, will opportunity and freedom still remain the hallmarks of this American democracy?

Maura Davies with the SPCA of Texas told the Greenville Herald-Banner the animals were kept in cramped and filthy conditions in an “extreme case” of animal cruelty.
SPCA of Texas

More than 100 animals, mostly dogs were seized from a property just east of Greenville on Monday. Hunt County Constable for Precinct 1 Terry Jones and Hunt County Sheriff’s Office deputies supported the SPCA of Texas in the action at the home on County Road 3103, near Interstate 30.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has scheduled the meeting for 7 p.m. in the community room of Farmers Electric Cooperative, 2000 Interstate Highway 30 East.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A public meeting this evening in Greenville will provide locals to weigh in on the prospect of a proposed cement plant on the east side of the city.

Michael Chambers, 70, of Quinlan, has been missing since March 10.
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More than half a year after a 70-year-old Quinlan man went missing, an online petition seeking a change in the agency leading the investigation has been signed more than 3,000 times.

Paris police released a statement saying that on Sept. 3, the department received allegations of criminal mischief and stalking against officer Pedro Barrios.
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Paris policeman Pedro Barrios is on administrative leave while authorities investigate allegations of criminal behavior on the part of the officer.

Marion Olivarez died at the hospital in Greenville after collapsing during non-contact football practice drills at Rains High School.
KETR

Marion Olivarez, a freshman at Rains High School in Emory, died on Monday after losing consciousness during football practice that morning, according to a release from the school district. Olivarez “collapsed while participating in non-contact activities at football practice,” the release said. Olivarez was taken by CareFlight to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, where he died later, the release said.

Members of the Norris Community hosted an Aug. 8 meeting where residents spoke with city officials and planners about revitalization plans for Commerce.
Mark Haslett

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.
KETR

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.
Department of Defense

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.

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