Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett comes to KETR having served at High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations. Haslett enjoys the privilege and responsibility of keeping communities well-informed. He has also worked as an editor and reporter 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 WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss. He enjoys travel and has worked abroad in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Haslett is a graduate of Arlington High School and earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

The new Bonham High School campus is set to be built next to the existing one.
Bonham ISD

On May 7, Bonham Independent School District voters approved a bond proposal valued at about $30 million to construct a new high school campus. The vote passed 977-456 – a roughly two-to-one margin. As a result, property taxes will go up for homeowners aged 64 years and younger. For example, people owning a home valued at $90,000 would pay a little more than $150 in taxes annually. Homeowners 65 and older would be exempt under the state homestead exemption.

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Greenville Herald-Banner has reported unofficial results for Hunt County elections. Final vote totals are pending, but the results of contested municipal races and ballot initiatives have been decided.

City of Commerce elections will be held May 7.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is holding its municipal election this Saturday. The ballot also includes 10 propositions. That’s kind of a lot for a city election, so KETR invited former Commerce council member Jason Cunningham to explain these ballot measures. Cunningham is the owner of Commerce-based Benson Brothers towing and lived in Commerce for many years before moving to his current home in Hopkins County.

Dr. Dan Jones
A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications / A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones died this morning, according to a release from the university. He was 63. The cause of death has not been released. Jones is survived by his wife, Jalinna, and his children, Aislinn and Allyson.

The university will close at noon today in honor of Jones.

Jones was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness on April 16, according to university staff. On April 25, Jones sent the following email to university faculty and staff:

Dear Lion Family,

The nuclear facilities in the McFarland Science Building are among the areas where "campus carry" will not be allowed.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Texas A&M University System has published proposed "campus carry" regulations for all its member institutions, including Texas A&M University-Commerce. Texas law will allow the licensed carry of concealed handguns on public university campuses beginning on Aug. 1.

The area at highest risk is north and east of a Denton-Plano-Terrell-Canton line, the National Weather Service said.
NWS

Severe thunderstorms are possible throughout most of Northeast Texas this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service has advised that large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible.

Carinne Manning
KETR

KETR is in its Spring Membership Campaign, and while this isn’t necessarily news, it does happen every spring. Every membership campaign is different, and we have particular goals and things that we’re doing this year. Carinne, if you could please explain to us what we’re doing this particular spring drive.

Storms that passed across Northeast Texas last night have made their way to the U.S. Southeast.
NWS

It’s storm season in Texas, and while last night’s storms didn’t do much damage in our part of the state, people are understandably anxious about April and May.  What we’ve seen so far is in part due to the El Nino pattern that gave us such a mild winter, with above average precipitation.

The ¡Profes! grant is a federally funded, 5 year, collaboration between the Departments of Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The grant is funded by the US Department of Education.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

In Texas, the school districts most in need of teachers with specialized training are also the districts that can have a hard time finding those teachers. Here in Northeast Texas, a multi-agency partnership involving Texas A&M University-Commerce has been working to help solve that problem.

The July 2015 death of Sandra Bland while in Waller County custody rasied questions about the safety of people with mental health needs while in custody of law enforcement or corrections.
Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will hold a hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 30 to hear testimony regarding conditions for people in official custody who need mental health services while detained or incarcerated. Katharine Ligon with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin is among the many who will be watching the conversation resulting from tomorrow's event.

Texas held statewide primary elections on March 1.
Mark Haslett

Several Northeast Texas party primary elections are headed for a May 24 runoff.

The Lions handed West Texas A&M its first loss of the season on March 19.
lionathletics.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce softball head coach Richie Bruister could pick up his 400th career victory against Texas Woman's University this weekend in Denton.

Colby Carthel, shown here coaching against West Texas A&M in Canyon in 2013, will miss the Lions' Sept. 17, 2016, game at Eastern New Mexico.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The NCAA has announced disciplinary measures for West Texas A&M University's football program and three former WT coaches, including current Texas A&M University-Commerce football head coach Colby Carthel, current Texas A&M University-Commerce volunteer football coach Don Carthel and former West Texas A&M University wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Joel Hinton.

 In addition to oil and gas, the commission also regulates the mining industry and pipeline safety in Texas. Despite its name, the agency no longer regulates railroads.
NPR

Two Democrats and two Republicans hope to be on statewide ballots in November for a vacant seat on the three-person Railroad Commission of Texas.

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