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.


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.


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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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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.

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.

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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Northeast Texas
6:46 am
Mon November 25, 2013

What's your favorite Thanksgiving story?

"Freedom from Want" by Norman Rockwell
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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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