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.


12:29 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Postgame notebook: Midwestern's misty escape

Ki-Janaven Garrett, a freshman running back from Center High School, helped the Lions make progress with their rushing attack. Garrett ran for 78 yards and one touchdown.

The 23rd-ranked Midwestern State Mustangs escaped with a 30-24 win over Texas A&M University-Commerce at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28.

That’s right, escaped. An A&M-Commerce onside kick attempt in the waning minutes tumbled into the hands of a Midwestern defender, ensuring victory for the visitors. Only then was the outcome decided. Considering how the Lions had played in the fourth quarter, it’s a safe bet the Mustangs were more than a little relieved.

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12:26 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

For third week, Lions face ranked opponent

Colby Carthel is looking for his first Lone Star Conference victory as Lions head coach.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

For the third week in a row, the A&M-Commerce football team goes into a game as underdogs to a nationally ranked opponent. This time, it’s no. 23 Midwestern State. The Lions (2-1, 0-1 in the Lone Star Conference) kick off against the Mustangs (1-1, 0-1 LSC) at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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Hopkins County
2:29 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Former Hopkins fire chief arraigned on theft charge

Carl Nix
City of Melissa

Former Hopkins County Fire Chief Carl Nix, wanted on a theft charge, turned himself in to Delta County Sheriff's officers this morning, according to KETR’s Cindy Roller. Nix was the subject of a third-degree felony theft warrant from Hopkins County.

Nix was arraigned later on Friday. Eighth Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt set Nix’s bond at $10,000. Nix was released after posting the bond, according to Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith.

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Texas Water
11:50 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Lake Ralph Hall permit approved

The lake is planned for an area in southeastern Fannin County.
Upper Trinity Regional Water District

A long-anticipated plan for a new lake in southeastern Fannin County – Lake Ralph Hall – received state approval today.

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Rockwall County
1:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

In Royse City, the road remains the same

Texas State Highway 66 is an east-west thoroughfare that runs parralel to and north of Interstate 30 in Rockwall County.
Wikimedia Commons

When planned improvements to State Highway 66 from Rockwall to Royse City involved changing Royse City's historic downtown, citizens spoke up. Jim Hardin of the Herald-Banner tells what happened next.

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Northeast Texas Weather
8:31 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Rain, mild temps on way to region

Most of North Texas is expected to receive over an inch of rain.

A welcome change in the weather is on its way to Northeast Texas.

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11:02 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lions shock Delta State, 45-37

Ronald Fields returns his fourth quarter interception which helped lead the Lions to the 45-37 victory over 25th-ranked Delta State.

When A&M-Commerce head coach Colby Carthel was hired back in January, he alluded to the idea that the Lions were a sleeping giant just waiting to be awoken.

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3:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Live blog of Lions football from AT&T Stadium

Join during this afternoon's game at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Mark Haslett

Listen at 88.9 FM or online here at, and follow our live blog of the A&M-Commerce vs. Delta State game today as well. Kickoff is 5 p.m. There will be no video stream for this game.

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Northeast Texas Health
1:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Medicare change would affect three area hospitals

Hunt Regional Community Hospital at Commerce, Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham and Mother Frances Hospitalin Winnsboro are currently Critical Access Hospitals that qualify for special Medicare reimbursement rates.
provided photo

A federal agency’s recommendation for Medicare could spell trouble for the hospitals in Bonham, Commerce and Winnsboro.

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Texans in U.S. Government
9:10 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Cruz, Hall opposed to Syria involvement

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall
U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall

Texans representing Northeast Texas - all Republicans - either oppose or remain undecided regarding possible U.S. military action in Syria.

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