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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Aliah Walker, 3, of Celeste, died on Dec. 30.
Greenville Herald-Banner

The stepfather of a 3-year-old girl who died last week in Celeste has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the child’s death, according to the Greenville Herald-Banner.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks released the following statement this afternoon concerning the death of Aliah Christine Walker, 3, of Celeste:

A 37-year-old Paris woman has reported being abducted and later escaping from captivity over the weekend of Dec. 20-21.
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A 37-year-old woman has reported being abducted and later escaping from captivity over the past weekend, Paris police said. 

The woman told officers that the incident about 3 a.m. on Dec. 20, a release from the Paris Police Department said. From the statement:

A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime.
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A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime, according to eparisextra.com.

A 66-year-old woman was found dead, apparently killed by a gunshot, on on the afternoon of Dec. 18, the report said. The woman was found in the 3000 block of FM 2648, a little more than 10 miles northeast of Paris, the report said. The woman’s car and some possessions, including a phone and credit cards were missing, Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.

An active investigation of practices at the Commerce Animal Shelter prompted the SPCA of Texas to seize a dog from the facility on Apr. 9. "Medical neglect" was cited as the justification for the seizure.
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A Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas investigation into the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter has been closed.

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” SCPA of Texas spokesperson Maura Davies said on Dec. 15. “Should any future reports of suspected animal cruelty be made to the SPCA of Texas regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter, we would open a new case.”

Hundreds attended the Dec. 15 event organized in response to news that the Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the school’s charter.
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The board of Phoenix Charter School hosted a public meeting on the future of the institution at the Texas National Guard Armory in Greenville on Dec. 15. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that hundreds attended the event organized in response to news that the Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the school’s charter.

Phoenix Charter School is scheduled for closure on July 31, when the contract for charter officially expires.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

One late financial report, two years of low standardized test scores and one year with a low graduation rate all combined to put Phoenix Charter School in Greenville in danger of losing its State of Texas charter, according to publicly a

More intermodal transport containers could be on their way through the area northeast of Dallas, thanks to a new center being built by Kansas City Southern Railroad in Wylie.
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Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the third of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

Two-way frontage roads are designed for rural, low-volume areas.
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Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the second of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

The makeover of Interstate 30 from Rockwall to Greenville has likely only begun.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the first of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

Body cameras may make their way into all Texas police department.
Commerce Police Department

A three-car accident in Commerce injured two people on the evening of Dec. 2. The wreck happened on S.H. 24 near the local Walmart. Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said the driver of a pickup truck traveling north on 24 “blacked out” and rear-ended a smaller car. Both of the vehicles then hit another truck.

The drivers of the first two vehicles were both taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, police said. One of the two was released on Dec. 3, while the other remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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A motor vehicle accident on SH 24 near Campbell on the morning of Dec. 2 resulted in a Greenville man being airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries.

At approximately 7:35 a.m., a Ford F-15o pickup truck driven by Juan Lara, 29, of Greenville, crashed into a large tractor-trailer on SH 24, just north of Interstate 30 and south of Campbell, a Department of Public Safety official said.

The fire displaced 26 people on the night of Dec. 1.
KETR

A large apartment complex fire left about 36 people without homes on the night of Dec. 1, police said. 

The incident happened at The Corners apartments, located in the 1900 block of Caddo Street. Emergency responders received a call at 10:59 p.m., police said. The flames were quickly put out, but by then the fire had damaged about 24 units, they said. Among the 36 people without homes were one infant and a 13-month-old baby, police said.

KETR broadcasts its signal from a 100,000-watt FM transmitter in Commerce.
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KETR's terrestrial broadcast signal remains off the air due to an equipment failure at the station's transmitter in Commerce. Staff are in the process of securing replacement parts and repairs will be made as quickly as possible. As soon as we have a timetable for the estimated restoration of our signal, the station will make that information public.

Joe Bergeron (24), a football player at Texas A&M University-Commerce, was described in an Oct. 9 University Police Dept.  incident report as striking fellow student Sarah Beasley.
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An incident report filed with the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Police Department includes testimony that Joe Bergeron, 21, of Mesquite, a running back for the school’s football team, struck fellow student Sarah Beasley, 20, of Commerce, during a party at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house at 2208 Bryan St. in Commerce during the early morning hours of Oct. 9.

Bergeron was suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy on Oct. 10. A statement released by head football coach Colby Carthel on Oct. 10 said the suspension was the result of an off-campus incident.

Caddo Mills and Campbell will continue to prohibit alcohol sales.
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There will not be beer and wine sales in Caddo Mills or Campbell, as voters defeated referendum votes in the two cities Tuesday.

Final election returns came in for Hunt County shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and also revealed voters were in favor of a Republican state senator and supported a plan to add more money for roads in the state.

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