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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The Lions have won the Lone Star Conference football championship for two consecutive seasons.

No one expected winning a second consecutive Lone Star Conference championship to be easy. And it wasn’t. But Texas A&M University-Commerce secured back-to-back league titles with a 27-14 defeat of Midwestern State University at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 24.

Dr. Christopher Gonzalez, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez spoke with KETR's Mark Haslett on Oct. 15 before a presentation at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam / Texas A&M University-Commerce

The enduring power of the “Love and Rockets” comics by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez lies in the storytelling.

Critics have focused on particular aspects – the influence of Mexican-American culture, the influence of punk rock, the drawing styles, and of course, the now-venerable reaction of “Boy, those are some mighty grown-up themes for a comic book!” But the readers keep coming back because, 34 years after “Love and Rockets” started, they still love the stories.

The new marker is written in both traditional and contemporary Mandarin Chinese.
Jared Horn / Texas A&M University-Commerce

An official Texas State Historical Marker - the first of its kind in Chinese - was unveiled at the birthplace of Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault at 1509 Monroe St. in Commerce on Oct. 14. About 300 people attended the dedication ceremony, which was broadcast live on KETR.

Nate Newton, left, stopped by KETR before a speaking engagement at A&M-Commerce. At right is Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, who organized the event.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Guard Nate Newton has some words for parents who have casually allowed their child to play football until high school, at which point they become concerned about head injuries.

“If you’re not going to teach kids how to tackle properly in Pop Warner and you’re not going to teach them how to tackle properly in middle school – and then you start worrying about it in high school, it’s a little bit too late,” Newton said.

Wide receiver Lance Evans (7-97, 3 TDs) had a stellar evening for the Lions.

The much-anticipated matchup between no. 18 Texas A&M University-Commerce and no. 10 Delta State University lived up to its billing as a tilt between two heavyweights. But even though the Lions led for most of the evening, when the bell rang out the end of the final round, the visiting Statesmen won the evening with a 51-44 triumph.

Sulphur Springs Police have said that a standoff in Cumby ended in suicide today.
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A police attempt to serve a warrant to a Cumby man led to a standoff that ended in a Cumby man’s death, apparently by suicide, according to police.

Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said that his department’s Special Crimes Unit went to Commerce Street in Cumby this morning to serve a warrant to a man living there. The man came to the door with a rifle but did not point it at the officers, he said. As officers took cover and the man went back inside, Sanders said. Officers then heard a gunshot, he said. Police called the Hopkins County Command SWAT unit to provide backup.

The front is expected to arrive in Northeast Texas during the very early hours of Wednesday morning.

A cool front is expected to bring both rain and also relief from 90-degree temperatures to Northeast Texas.

A line of storms presently moving over Northwest Oklahoma and Southwest Kansas is expected to move into Northeast Texas around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Current forecasts predict a 60-70 percent chance for showers or thunderstorms until noon on Wednesday. Afternoon high temperatures on Wednesday are expected around 86.

The Lions are seeking a second consecutive Lone Star Conference Championnship. A&M-Commerce celebrated the 2014 title at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 1 following a 91-13 defeat of McMurry.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

There was a time in college football when a talented corps of wide receivers was considered a luxury. Nice, but not essential. Now, teams flourish or fail based on their ability to keep up with the pass-happy pace of today’s game.

A cross marks the spot of a head-on collision that killed two people on State Highway 19 east of Cooper on Aug. 13.
Mark Haslett

Last month, two people died as a result of a head-on crash a few miles east of Cooper. KETR’s Mark Haslett takes a look at the safety record of a stretch of road familiar to everyone who travels between Cooper and Sulphur Springs.

In Greenville, a woman and a young man are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries suffered in a shooting that happened during the early morning of on Sunday.

Greenville police responded to a call in the 2300 block of Walnut Street at 4:22 a.m. on Aug. 30. Police said that an officer arrived to find a teenaged boy with a wounded foot and a woman with a wounded arm.

Commerce Director of Public Works Steve Wilson
City of Commerce

The Greenville Herald-Banner has reported that the Texas Rangers are investigating Commerce Assistant City Manager Steve Wilson. The purpose of the investigation has not been released.

“Since Mr. Wilson serves as the Assistant City Manager, the Commerce Police Department was conflicted from conducting an investigation and I requested that the Rangers look into the matter,” Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker told the Herald-Banner. “Once the investigation is complete, we will then determine what, if any, further action is to be taken.”

It's uncertain whether the Bealls stores in Greenville, Paris, Rockwall and Sulphur Springs will survive their parent company's plan to close an undetermined number of locations.
Greenville Herald-Banner

Financial woes at the parent company of Bealls department stores have placed the future of its Northeast Texas and other locations in doubt.

Houston-based Stage Stores, Inc., announced today that it plans “to close approximately 90 underperforming stores” from among its four chains: Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal and Peebles.

Texas county burn bans as of Aug. 11, 2015.
Texas A&M University Forest Service

Kaufman County and Van Zandt County have implemented bans on outdoor burning, as hot and dry conditions intensify throughout Texas.

Grass fires have presented a problem throughout North and Northeast Texas in recent days. On Aug. 10, a three-alarm fire south of Lone Oak, in Hunt County, firefighters from the Lone Oak, Cash, Point, West Tawakoni and Campbell fire departments combined forces to battle a blaze that consumed 18 acres, including 60 hay bales, a tractor and a hay baler, according to Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill.

The swampy areas around Caddo Lake and Lake o' the Pines have had the lowest rainfall totals compared to average local conditions.
National Drought Mitigation Center

The rains of spring are but a memory, and a familiar presence has returned to Texas: Drought.

The most recent federal data for the Lone Star State shows that while it’s mainly precipitation as usual in the bone-dry western half of Texas, the more humid eastern part of the state has been deprived of rainfall.

The Ark-La-Tex region has the lowest precipitation totals compared to average local conditions, with the driest area in the vicinity of Lake o’ the Pines and Caddo Lake.

A vacant property between Farmersville and Lake Lavon is the site of a proposed Muslim cemtery.
Mark Haslett

A proposed Muslim cemetery between Farmersville and Lake Lavon has resulted in concern among locals. Media organizations from The Huffington Post to England’s Daily Mail have run stories on the issue. Currently, the permitting processed has been paused, while the City of Farmersville waits on a plat map of the project from the Islamic Association of Collin County.

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