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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Winter Weather
5:17 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Texans on ice? Walk like an Antarctican

It's not like these guys never fall down, but they stay up more often than not.
NPR

Big ice storms in Texas do happen, but not all that often. They're about as frequent as University of Alabama football losses. And, just like Bama fans when the Tide falters, Texans often aren't quite sure what to do when ice attacks.

One thing not to do is drive. Really...it doesn't matter if you're a commercial driver in a four-wheel-drive Subraru Outback with new snow tires. No amount of technology or skill can defy the laws of physics. Driving on ice is deadly.

The best thing to do, if you can, is to stay inside and let the mayhem occur without you.

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A&M-Commerce
2:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Lions basketball game at Dallas Baptist rescheduled

Senior guard Kameron Price led the Lions against Dallas Baptist with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals on Nov. 20.
lionathletics.com

The A&M-Commerce men's basketball game at Dallas Baptist University originally scheduled for Friday night has been rescheduled.

The Lions will play the game starting at 4 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 16 at Dallas Baptist.

A&M-Commerce defeated the Patriots 72-67 on Nov. 20 in Commerce in the first meeting this season between the two teams.

Winter Weather
2:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

University, junior college closed on Friday

tamuc.edu

Texas A&M University-Commerce has canceled classes and all events and non-essential services beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Friday.

All A&M-Commerce off-campus events will also be canceled beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Friday.

Paris Junior College will also close all facilities, including those in Greenville and Sulphur Springs, at 5 p.m. Thursday. Paris Junior College will remain closed through Friday, with all events canceled.

A&M-Commerce
11:34 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Texarkana Bowl rescheduled for Fri. Dec. 13

Saturday's Texarkana Bowl football game, which had been scheduled for Dec. 7, has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 13. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m.

The game, which features Texas A&M University-Commerce against Harding University, will be played at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark.

Winter Weather
10:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

School-related delays, cancelations, and closures

In anticipation of bad-weather scenarios, a list of delays, cancelations and closures from area school districts and universities follows. Read carefully, as sports delays and cancelations are also listed here.

Closed Schools:

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Weather Weather
10:45 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Community cancellations, closures announced

Commerce Walmart shoppers looking for winter-weather supplies Thursday afternoon were greeted by Monica Wood of Greenville, collecting donations for the Salvation Army, while Bruce Wood of Commerce provided holiday cheer.
Mark Haslett

The likelihood of an ice storm hitting the region is playing Scrooge with events around the area this week. A list of delays, closures and cancelations follows.

Canceled:

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Winter Weather
8:54 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Freezing rain possible through Sunday

Ice accumulations varied from 1 to 3 inches over the region.
Mark Haslett

While the bulk of this weekend's ice storm has already impacted the region, sub-freezing temperatures and a chance for wintry precipitation will continue through Sunday.

Friday night, a break in cloud cover should result in very cold overnight low temperatures, with thermometer readings expected in the mid-teens. Winds out of the north around 10-15 mph, gusting to 20, could result in wind-chill values in the single digits to low teens.

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A&M-Commerce
2:23 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

KETR releases Dec.-March basketball broadcast schedule

Devin Oliver and the rest of the Lions will face Abilene Christian in their first game after the Thanksgiving break.
lionathletics.com

The A&M-Commerce women's and men's basketball season continues tonight, when the Lions women tip off at Abilene Christian. Join Charlie Chitwood on the call at 5:30 p.m. 

Both teams continue their non-conference schedule through the end of December and then begin this season's Lone Star Conference schedule with a Jan. 2 twinbill at The Field House in Commerce against Midwestern State.

Here are the remaining regular-season games that will be heard on KETR:

Dec. 3              (W)             @ Abilene Christian                     5:30 p.m.

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Lamar County
8:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Anglin describes decision, challenges at PJC

Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College president Pamela Anglin will be at the school for the forseeable future - but it didn't look that way one month ago.

In October, Anglin announced her decision to leave to go work for Blinn College in Brenham. But just last week, Anglin announced that she had decided to stay.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
2:45 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New boating rules to combat zebra mussel spread

Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville have been infested by the mussels.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/

If you're boating in one of 17 North Texas counties - including Collin, Fannin, Kaufman and Rockwall - there are some new rules on the way.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations are aimed at halting the spread of invasive zebra mussels. Boaters must drain and dry vehicles and other equipment before leaving the lake. KETR spoke with a TPWD staffer, Ken Kurzawski, about the new guidelines

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