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.


Northeast Texas
6:46 am
Mon November 25, 2013

What's your favorite Thanksgiving story?

"Freedom from Want" by Norman Rockwell
Wikimedia Commons

Here at KETR, we tell the stories of the world to Northeast Texas...and we tell the stories of Northeast Texas to the world.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving story? Do you have a favorite memory of your grandparents? Is there a culinary success story - or a kitchen disaster - that stands out? What does the holiday mean to you?

If you have a story you'd like to share, call us at 903-886-5334 or email us at We'd like to have a story or two to share on the air or at our website on Thanksgiving Day.

Texas Water
2:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lake Fork role in Dallas water plans to increase

Lake Fork, at center, is about 90 miles east of Dallas.
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Lake Fork, which sits about 90 miles east of Dallas, will play an increasing role in meeting the water needs of the city and its thirsty, rapidly growing suburbs.

A report in the Nov. 19 Rains County Leader details the short-term and long-term plans to use Lake Fork water in the metro Dallas area, which were discussed at a meeting Of the lake Fork Sportsman Association on Nov. 12 in Emory.

20K acre-feet withdrawal pending pump completion

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10:55 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Lions to play in Texarkana Bowl on Dec. 7

A&M-Commerce will face Harding on Dec. 7 at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team, coming off its first winning season (7-4) in 12 years under new head coach Colby Carthel, has qualified for a postseason bowl game.

The Lions will face Harding University of Searcy, Ark., in the inaugural Live United Texarkana Bowl. The game will be played at noon on Sat., Dec. 7 at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark. Profits made above the expenses will benefit the United Way of Texarkana.

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Lamar County
8:08 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Former Campbell employees sentenced for fraud

Campbell Soup Company operated a production facility in Paris.

Two former Campbell Soup Company employees have received federal prison sentences after pleading guilty to wire fraud, according to a report by Sherman-based television station KXII, a CBS affiliate.

Jana Rader, a former purchaser for Campbell, and Mary Lynn Mead, a former administrator, pled guilty on April 18, the report said. 

Court documents say both used Campbell money to purchase items for themselves for several years, according to KXII.

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Lamar County
2:57 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Campbell reports slow first-quarter earnings


The Campbell Soup Company released its FY 2014 first-quarter earnings Nov. 19, with total sales down two percent. The company attributed the slow numbers to weaknesses in overall industry trends, among other factors.

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Hopkins County
8:03 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Sulphur Springs school district continues in finance-reform coalition

The Sulphur Springs ISD has once again joined school districts seeking a restructuring of the state's school finance system.

The Sulphur Springs Independent School District will once again join with a coalition of school districts from across Texas seeking to restructure the state’s school financing system, according to a report in the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.

The Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition appealed to courts last year to rule the existing funding system unconstitutional. Sulphur Springs ISD joined the coalition in 2012 toward the end of the coalition’s efforts.

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High School Football
12:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Bulldogs, 10 others in area round playoffs

This week's Bulldogs game: Cooper (11-0) vs. Henrietta (7-4), 7:30 Fri. at Collins Stadium, Denton.
Texas High School Helmet Project

The Cooper Bulldogs have high hopes, the Rockwall Yellowjackets have a ticket to the historic Cotton Bowl and the Sulphur Springs Wildcats face a tough test as 11 teams from the KETR listening area continue in high school football playoff action this weekend.

Cooper (11-0) will travel to Denton for a game against Henrietta (7-4) on Friday.

The only other undefeated team from KETR country is a six-man school: Ladonia Fannindel (11-0), which will face Aquilla (6-5) Friday in Trinidad.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New lake would cost $3.4 billion, flood 70K acres

The proposed reservoir would be mostly in Red River County.

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would flood 70,000 acres of bottom land, including hardwood forests that have been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "high value" habitat. A report published last week by Austin-based Environment Texas opposes the project, which it says would harm Northeast Texas so as to supply water for Dallas - a city with comparatively poor water conservation practices. 

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High School Football
12:06 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Big Friday Night Scoreboard - Week 11

Larry Pryor ran for four touchdowns and threw for four more.
Roger McKenzie

Cooper won, and so did Sulphur Springs. Paris lost, and so did Lone Oak. You can get your final scores right here.

High School Football
11:56 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Sulphur Springs downs Denison, 66-42

Wildcats Chase Friddle, Melroy Givens and Barry Stribling celebrate following Sulphur Springs' 66-42 victory over Denison in a bi-district playoff game played on Nov. 15 at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Mark Haslett

The Sulphur Springs offense slashed through Denison’s defense all night long. The Wildcats rested their starters in the final quarter of Friday night’s 66-42 victory in a bi-district football playoff game at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University–Commerce. The loss earned Sulphur Springs (8-3) a trip to face Whitehouse (11-0) in the area round, while Denison finished its season 6-5 overall.

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