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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2014 Elections
1:25 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

GOP primary: Hopkins County ballot

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The following candidates are on ballots in the Hopkins County Republican Party primary election on March 4.

Regional and county offices

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Blacklands Corridor
7:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Process continues, but road looks unlikely

NCTCOG

The public process to determine the fate of the stretch of land known as the Blacklands Corridor continues, but the likelihood of a toll road - or any other type of highway - appears increasingly remote.

The area in question is an inactive railroad right-of-way that runs from just west of Greenville to Lavon, in southeastern Collin County. Along the way, the route passes through the Hunt County community of Caddo Mills as well as the Collin County communities of Josephine and Nevada.

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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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Fannin County
3:36 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Alcohol vote on tap in Bonham

NPR

Bonham voters will be deciding on alcohol sales in the May 10 election.

One proposition would legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only. This would only allow beer and wine sales in businesses such as grocery and convenience stores but would not allow package liquor sales or liquor stores.

The second ballot initiative would allow restaurants to serve alcohol without requiring "private club" memberships. It would not allow stand-alone bars or nightclubs.

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Lamar County
3:28 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Two council seats contested in Paris

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In Paris, at least two city council seats will be up for grabs in upcoming elections, with two seats apparently safe as the incumbent is unopposed.

The Paris News reports that former councilman Edwin Pickle will run against incumbent Cleonne Drake for the District 6 seat, which represents east Paris. In District 3, incumbent John Wright will defend against challenger Benny Plata. District 3 represents south Paris.

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Winter Weather
5:55 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wednesday's delayed schedules

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Rains ISD is on a two-hour delayed schedule.

Winter Weather
6:44 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Freezing rain, sleet, light snow possible Tuesday

NWS

A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of North Texas and most of Northeast Texas, including almost all of the KETR listening area. The advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

Much of the region could receive a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow today, with rain possibly mixed in as temperatures climb toward the freezing mark later into the morning.

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Winter Weather
6:12 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Tuesday's delays and closures

The following schools are closed:

Collin County Community College

Van Alstyne ISD

The following schools are on a 2-hour delay:

Anna ISD

Celina ISD

Clarksville ISD

Rivercrest ISD

Savoy ISD

Tomorrow's Water Today
7:12 am
Mon February 10, 2014

SWIFT focus now on regional plans

Carlos Rubinstein
Texas Water Development Board

The planning process for the Texas Water Development Board now focuses on the 16 regions and the reginal plans. If you live in Hunt, Lamar. Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Wood, Rains or Van Zandt counties, you're in Region D. The next board meeting for the region is Feb. 19 in Mount Pleasant. If you live in Collin, Fannin, Rockwall or Kaufman counties, you're in Region C.

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Winter Weather
6:16 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Friday's closures and delayed schedules

Texas A&M University-Commerce will open at 10 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 7.
Mark Haslett

Due to icy conditions on area roads, and the possibility of some more precipitation, some area schools will be on delayed schedules today, and two will be closed.

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