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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With the Lone Star Conference Championship on the line, No. 23 A&M-Commerce welcomes West Texas A&M to Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown Saturday night on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the Texas Army National Guard.

1st and 10

- The No. 23 Lions are ranked in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2001 when the team held the 24th spot for two weeks in October ... The team is 14th in the Massey ratings.

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Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.

Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.

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  Five Rockwall County residents are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to a statement from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency management.

One of the five is a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials said. The other four were passengers on a commercial flight this week with a person who later tested positive for the virus, they said. All five people are considered “low risk,” according to the statement.


Two Royse City Independent School District campuses will be closed on Friday after school officials learned that a nurse with children in Royse City schools treated an Ebola patient in Dallas, according to a Royse City Herald-Banner report.

School superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Herald-Banner that Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School will be closed on Oct. 17 for “deep cleaning.”

The Texas Rangers will hire Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Citing unnamed sources, Rosenthal tweeted the hiring report this morning.

The club is expected to make an announcement today.

Banister beat out interim Rangers manager Tim Bogar for the job along with Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash.

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Haslett: Last night in Caddo Mills, local residents urged their city council to oppose a proposed toll road from Greenville to Dallas County.

Mark Haslett

Audio Transcript:

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team has a tough assignment tonight in San Angelo. The Lions (4-1, 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference) kick off against Angelo State (3-1, 2-1 in the LSC) at 7 p.m. in a game that will be heard on KETR.

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.

Texas A&M University-Commerce running back Joe Bergeron has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner. A statement from the university's athletics department said the suspension resulted from an off-campus incident.

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About 100 people attended a ceremony this morning in Honey Grove welcoming the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The traveling exhibition left McKinney early this morning and passed through Bonham on the way to Honey Grove, with a motorcycle escort by the Patriot Guard. The artwork by Austin Vietnam veteran Don Dorsey features dog tags bearing the names of the 3,417 Texas servicemen who died or were listed as Missing In Action in Vietnam.

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An award-winning exhibit honoring the 3,417 Texans who were killed or are missing in action in Vietnam is coming to Honey Grove.

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A warrant for the arrest of former Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter proprietor Jo Ann "Jody" McIntier remains active, according to the Hunt County clerk's office. 

Jody McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Joel McIntier was served with an arrest warrant on Sept. 18 and was released on a personal recognizance bond. The first hearing in his case is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 at the Hunt County Court No. 2 in Greenville.

Hall hospitalized following auto accident

Oct 4, 2014

This story has been updated throughout.


Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been airlifted to a Dallas area hospital due to injuries from a car accident, though a spokesman says the congressman is expected to recover. The accident occurred in Fannin County.

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Severe thunderstorms blew through Northeast Texas on Oct. 2, leaving multiple reports of damage in their wake.

The highest wind gust recorded at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, during the storm was 63 mph. Majors Field recorded about an inch of rain during the storms.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that part of the roof of the Stonebridge Villa Apartments in Greenville was blown into the yard, and the Greenville Middle School Annex Building also suffered roof damage.