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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Bryan Slaton of Royse City, left, lost by 369 votes to incumbent Dan Flynn of Van in the primary election for the Republican nomination for the Texas House of Representatives District 2 office.
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On a night when some Texas Republicans felt the wrath of the party’s right wing, State Rep. Dan Flynn kept his office – but just barely. By the time late numbers from Van Zandt County finally rolled in, to the joy of bleary-eyed politicos from Sulphur Bluff to Edom, Flynn had defeated challenger Bryan Slaton by a paltry 369 votes.

Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas
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Perhaps more than any figure, Sam Houston personifies the spirit of Texas: Brave, ambitious, generous, unpredictable, prone to excess, humorous and sometimes violent. Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal, an East Texas State University alumnus, has written "Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership," a new work which will be premiered during a free public event on March 2 at Universities Center Dallas.

Bryan Slaton of Royse City, left, lost by 369 votes to incumbent Dan Flynn of Van in the primary election for the Republican nomination for the Texas House of Representatives District 2 office.
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Early-voting turnout in this year's party primary elections has been high, thanks in part to the presidential race. But among Republicans, some competitive and controversial campaigns for state, regional and local offices have also contributed to voter interest.

Senior guard Anthony Adams is averaging 13 points per game for the Lions.

Don't be fooled by the fact that the Lions aren't at the top of the Lone Star Conference. The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team, which won the LSC tournament last season, are among the six teams considered to be legitimate contenders for this year's conference crown. 

Artaejah Gay and the Lions have returned to winning ways during the 2015-16 season.

With last Saturday's victory over Eastern New Mexico, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team assured itself of its first winning season since 2009. KETR's play-by-play announcer Charlie Chitwood discusses this year's Lions in advance of next week's Lone Star Conference tournament.

Crowning the Center Point Queen: Center Point, in Camp County, began as a Freedmen's community following the Civil War. In 1899, G.W. Goulsby opened a one-room school, the first in the settlement. In 1916 a new five-room school was built.
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For years, documents vital to the history of African-Americans in Northeast Texas gathered dust in storage or were known only to a few people. The African-American History Collection, part of the Northeast Texas Digital Collections at Texas A&M University-Commerce, provides an online archive that allows people around the world to see historic photographs, peruse school yearbooks, read church publications and hear oral histories.

Greenville police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred on the evening of Feb. 1. Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The shooting happened in the 4200 block of Third Street, around 7:30 p.m. Shots were fired at a house, which was damaged, although no people were shot or otherwise injured.

A release from Greenville police said that a witness followed a vehicle suspected to be used in the shooting. Officers were able to find and stop the vehicle.

Commerce High will be in 3A Division I, District 7, while Cooper High will be in 3A Division 2 District 6.
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The 2016-18 UIL realignment will bring an about-face for the Commerce Tigers football team.

Over the past two years, Commerce High School has been in a district composed mostly of schools from suburban Dallas and others to the west. The next two years will give the Tigers a more rural, mostly eastern set of neighbors.

The truck, which was being driven by an employee of Siddons-Martin, was headed east when it left the road for unknown reasons. No City of Greenville employees were in the truck at the time of the accident.
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A Greenville fire truck crashed into a Dairy Queen in Farmersville today. Two injuries, both reported as non-life-threatening, resulted from the accident.

Greenville Fire-Rescue Unit 4 was being returned from Siddons-Martin a dealer/service center in Denton today, when the truck left the roadway and struck the Dairy Queen at 201 East Audie Murphy Parkway (U.S. Highway 380).

Walmart has said it will try to place workers affected by the closures at nearby stores.
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The Walmart stores in Edgewood, Leonard and Whitewright will be closing on Jan. 28. Those locations are among the 269 stores worldwide, including 154 in the United States , that the world's largest retailer announced today will close. In Texas, 29 Walmart stores will close.

A low-speed chase involving a stolen 18-wheeler begain in Kaufman County and ended in Greenville on Wednesday.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

A low-speed chase involving a stolen 18-wheeler ended in Greenville on Wednesday. The event caused the closure of, and later, delays on, eastbound Interstate 30.

The chase began in Kaufman County on Interstate 20. At about 11 a.m., a state trooper identified the truck as one that had been reported missing. Officers were unable to get the driver to stop, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

If the Department of Agriculture designates cottonseed as an oilseed, producers could have access to as much as $1 billion in subsidies in the event of losses.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Domestic cotton producers are hoping that a change in federal rules can help give them an added measure of security during a very insecure time for the industry.

Campbell Soup is a major employer in Lamar County.

Campbell Soup Company has announced its support of federal legislation to establish a single labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Campbell operates a production facility in Paris, which celebrated its 51st anniversary in December 2015. The Paris location, one of three domestic production facilities for the multinational corporation, employs more than 900 people.

Party primary elections will be held on March 1.

Considering the dominance of the Republican Party in the KETR listening area, it's a safe bet that the March 1 primary elections will determine most of the region's delegation in the 2017 Texas Legislature. Of the eight contested seats from our part of the state, only two will be sought by a Democratic candidate. In the other six, the winners of the GOP primary will be on the fast track to Austin.

Three of those eight seats feature wide-open races, as the incumbent office-holder has chosen not to run.

This photo posted on Twitter was identified by the poster as the destroyed gas station and convenience store where two people died on Dec. 26.
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Two people in the Collin County town of Copeville were killed by damage from a series of tornadoes that swept across North Texas on Saturday night, according to reports from The Farmersville Times and NBCDFW. The deaths occurred at Willard's, an Exxon service station and convenience store located at the intersection of State Highway 76 and County Roads 549 and 546, the Farmerville Times said. Copeville is located eight miles southeast of Farmersville and is 23 miles west of Greenville.