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 "spring forward" usually inspires more resistance than the "fall back."

For all those who are still dragging a bit from the recent time change, and are wondering why we do this to ourselves despite increasing claims that the practice is bad for our bodies and isn’t even good for the economy, State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Canton) has a bill for you.

Bill Shipp
City of Bonham

In Bonham, city manager Bill Shipp will be retiring. At last night’s city council meeting, Mayor Roy Floyd announced that Shipp will retire after the end of July. At the same meeting, Shipp commended the council and city staff for their work during his tenure. No details have been released about the City of Bonham’s plans to fill the city manager position.  

David Welch
Commerce ISD

Commerce High School Principal David Welch will resign on May 31, the Commerce Journal reports. Welch is on administrative leave and will remain on leave through the end of his employment, the report said.

Commerce Superintendent of Schools Blake Cooper told the Journal that the agreement was mutual between Welch and the district.

Welch has been principal since early 2013 and had previously served as assistant principal.

Tony Ross, 34, died on March 8 following his arrest and detention in Sulphur Springs on March 6.
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Texas Rangers are investigating the death of Tony Chance Ross, 34, who died at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler following his arrest by Sulphur Springs police on March 6, according to a report by KSST-FM.

Sulphur Springs Chief of Police Jay Sanders told KSST that Ross was arrested after a struggle with officers responding to a call of a shirtless man behaving erratically, followed by a report of a door being kicked in, on Whitworth Street in Sulphur Springs.

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball South Central Region Bracket

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team will face Lone Star Conference opponent Angelo State in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The no. 3 seed Lions (24-7) and no. 6 seed Rams (26-5) will tip off in a rematch of the 2015 LSC championship game, won 68-61 by A&M-Commerce on March 7.

Anthony Adams, head coach Sam Walker and tournament MVP Darrell Williams discuss the Lions' 68-61 victory over Angelo State in the LSC Men's Basketball championship game.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Lone Star Conference championship with a 68-61 victory over Angelo State in the title game in Allen on March 7. The triumph gives the Lions their first conference championship in men’s hoops since 2005.

Senior forward LaDon Carnegie scored 13 points to help the Lions upset Tarleton State 53-51 in the Lone Star Conference semifinals.

The Lions are headed to the Lone Star Conference championship game thanks to a 53-51 upset victory over Tarleton State on March 6 at the Allen Event center. The Lions (23-7) will play Angelo State (26-4), which routed Cameron 76-53 in the other semifinal game played earlier on Friday.

Artaejah Gay led the Lions with 19 points.

Once again, the Lions played over their heads against a favored opponent. But this time, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team didn’t have quite enough for another upset victory. Midwestern State defeated the Lions 65-60 in the semifinal round of the Lone Star Conference championship tournament in Allen on March 6.

Christian Macauley and the Lions advanced to the LSC semifinals with a 79-64 victory over West Texas A&M.

After enduring a couple of nail-biters against West Texas A&M during the regular season, this time, the Lions decided to keep their claws neat. The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team used a dominant first half to help power a 79-64 victory over the Buffaloes in the first round of the Lone Star Conference championship tournament on March 5 in Allen.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team earned an upset victory over favored Cameron University, 80-65, in Allen on March 5.

After about 30 minutes of playing neck-and-neck basketball, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team decided to take all drama out of its first-round Lone Star Conference game against Cameron. Trailing by a basket with about 10 minutes to play, the Lions went on a 20-2 run that led to an 80-65 upset victory over the Aggies.

The Lions (14-13) will tip off against Midwestern State (22-5) at noon on Fri., March 5, at the Allen Events Center in Allen.

Lone Star Conference Player of the Year Darrell Williams and the Lions begin conference tournament play tonight in Allen.

Lone Star Conference 2015 Men's Basketball Tournament

Texas A&M University-Commerce (21-7, 9-5) vs. West Texas A&M University (17-11, 7-7)

Allen Events Center, Allen, Texas

8:30 p.m., Thu., March 5

Much of the region received between 3-4" of snow, with some locations reporting higher totals.

Hunt County and Collin County received the most snowfall during the March 4-5 winter storm. Much of North and East Texas had between 3-4” of snow, while some locations in Collin and Hunt received over 5” of snow, the National Weather Service reported.

Texas A&M University-Commerce will be closed on Thu., March 5.
Mark Haslett

All Texas A&M University-Commerce facilities will be closed today. In addition to the main campus in Commerce, facilities in Corsicana, Dallas, McKinney, Mesquite, Midloathian and Rockwall classes will also be closed.

All Paris Junior College locations, including those in Greenville and Sulphur Springs, are closed.

Public schools in Collin, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Rains and Rockwall counties are closed.

The A&M-Commerce women polled sixth out of nine LSC teams.

Lone Star Conference 2015 Women's Basketball Tournament

Texas A&M University-Commerce (13-13, 7-9) vs. Cameron University (15-10, 12-4)

Allen Events Center, Allen, Texas

Noon, Thu., March 5

Minor flooding is forecast along the Cowleech Fork and South Fork of the Sabine River in Hunt County.

The two forks of the Sabine River that run though Hunt County are a bit more watery than usual, and more rain - plus the usual ambiguous "wintry mix" of freezing rain, sleet and snow - is on the way.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River at Greenville and for the South Fork of the Sabine River near Quinlan. Minor flooding - about a foot over flood levels - is expected.