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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Fannin County
3:33 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir proposal put on hold

The Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir, if built, would flood about 16,500 acres in Fannin County.
North Texas Municipal Water District

A proposed new lake in Fannin County is still awaiting final approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Before that can happen, those who would be directly affected by the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir will have the chance to present their case to the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners met on Sept. 24 in Austin and referred the cases of those parties who had proved to TCEQ that the new lake would impact them or their land to the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings.

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Blacklands Corridor
4:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Meeting attendees reject 'Northeast Gateway' toll road

Activists present anti-toll road literature and petitions to vistors at the Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall.
Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

Audio transcript

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A&M-Commerce
1:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Liu honored; Lions knocking on door of Top 25

A&M-Commerce RB Joe Bergeron, head coach Colby Carthel and LB Tu'u Lui address the media following the Lions' 55-20 defeat of A&M-Kingsville on Sept. 20.

Texas A&M University-Commerce senior linebacker Tu’u Liu has been named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week. A&M-Commerce defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville 55-20 at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 20.  Liu snatched two interceptions against the Javelinas. Both interceptions were on passes that Liu tipped, then caught.

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A&M-Commerce
10:06 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Live blog: Lions vs. Javelinas at the Jerrydome

A&M-Commerce

Welcome to the 2014 Lone Star Football Festival from AT&T Stadium in Arlington!

Final score   Lions 55, Javelinas 20. #wearelions

4q 1:24  Javs get a TD in garbage time...no big deal.

4q 7:04   By the way, Brock Callaway said that Martinez 43-yard field goal had another 10 yards in it. Nice to have a good kicker in the mix. Lions lead 55-13.

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Commerce
4:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Police receive armed robbery report

Commerce police have issued a statement saying that a Commerce resident reported being robbed near the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 19.

The man reported that while he was walking in the 2400 block of Campbell Street, he was approached by two unidentified black men, police said. One of the men displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun, according to the report. The victim was walked to an ATM on the university campus, where he was made to withdraw cash, police said. 

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Lamar County
3:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

'Roxton Saturday Night' celebrating 10-year anniversary

Locals and visitors mingle during the 2012 Roxton Saturday Night.
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Roxton resident Sandra Johnson describes a little about the annual "Roxton Saturday Night" festival, which is set to entertain Northeast Texans for a tenth year this weekend. This year's headline musical artist is Stacy Musgrove, who is scheduled to take the stage in downtown Roxton at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20.

Press release from Roxton Saturday Night organizers:

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Texas Sports
4:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Washington cites marital trouble as reason for resignation

Ron Washington won two American League pennants in Texas, the first in team history.
KERA

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington held a press conference on Sept. 18 in Irving to present a statement regarding his abrupt resignation from the team in Arlington on Sept. 5, just hours before a home game with Seattle. Washington said that he was resigning for personal reasons, which was confirmed by Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels, but no details were given.

At the Sept. 18 press conference, Washington implied that he had been unfaithful to his wife of 42 years, and that circumstances around the situation led to his resignation.

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Rains County
3:29 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Former deputy who shot dog takes plea deal

Jarrod Dooley during the April 19 incident in Point.
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A Rains County sheriff's deputy who shot a dog during a controversial April 19 incident in Point has accepted a plea-bargain deal that includes his permanent retirement from law enforcement in Texas. As a result, Jarrod Dooley will not have to face a Cruelty to Animals charge. The decision was made on Sept. 18 at the Rains County courthouse in Emory.

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Lamar County
3:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Paris city council to decide implications of EDC report

The Paris Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization run by a governing board.
Credit provided image

The Paris City Council is now in control of what, if any, actions the city will take in response to an investigation of the Paris Economic Development Corp.

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News and Culture Notebook
11:27 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Dust settles, uncertainty rises after toll road meeting

An anti-toll road yard sign in Lavon.
Mark Haslett

Who would have guessed that a North Central Texas Council of Governments public meeting about a proposed toll road would provide more drama than the Texas A&M University-Commerce football season opener?

Before the Lions romped past an overmatched East Texas Baptist team at Memorial Stadium, the Council of Governments public forum in Lavon had disbanded early.

The local fire marshal shut the meeting down about 45 minutes into the evening’s proceedings. The crowd of over 300 packed into the NeSmith Elementary School lunchroom constituted a violation of fire code.

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Greenville
7:51 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Residents oppose foster care facility

The property on Sayle St. is a former Pythian Rest Home.
Google

Local residents who live or work near the former Pythian Rest Home in Greenville turned out in force Monday, to voice their objections to a plan to redevelop the facility to house juveniles in state custody.

“I do not want it near by house, I do not want it in my city, I do not want it in my county,” said Melvin Ray, during a public hearing as part of Monday’s Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, concerning a request for a change in zoning for the property along Sayle Street.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:45 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Toll road meeting shut down

A meeting at NeSmith Elementray School in Lavon hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division was shut down by local fire officials, who said the crowd of over 300 people in the school's cafetria violated fire code.
Cliff Gibson Greenville Herald-Banner

A public meeting Lavon to present plans for a proposed toll road linking Greenville with the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County ended early last night. About 45 minutes into the meeting, local fire officials shut down the event at NeSmith Elementary School in Lavon, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner.

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Blacklands Corridor
8:18 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Private firm to present toll road options in Lavon tonight

A toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike appears increasingly likely, though the route of the throughfare has not been identified.
Texas Turnpike Corp.

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Lamar County
4:43 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Frierson on investigation: Process needs to be seen through

Paris Mayor Matt Frierson
Credit provided image

Earlier this week in Paris, the city council rejected a motion to send the results of an investigation into the local Economic Development Corporation to the State of Texas. Paris Mayor Matt Frierson discussed the council’s decision with KETR.

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Blacklands Corridor
10:13 am
Fri August 29, 2014

'Northeast Gateway' topic at Sept. 4 Lavon forum

This graphic shows possible routes for a a proposed toll road connecting Greenville with the President George Bush Turnpike.
Texas Turnpike Corp.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division is hosting another public forum on theongoing Blacklands Corridor study next Thursday.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at NeSmith Elementary School, 801 Presidents Blvd. in Lavon.

The Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is an ongoing assessment of transportation needs in a wide area from Greenville to Garland. The study area stretches from U.S. Hwy. 380 in the north to Interstate 30 in the south and includes portions of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall counties.

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