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.


Blacklands Corridor
10:48 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Weird, cryptic Facebook page puzzles users


UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: As of around 3 p.m. this afternoon, the HCPC Facebook page had vanished. The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department confirmed that the page and the post were unrelated to any NCTCOG activity. And so the mystery remains, perhaps to be cleared up at the upcoming public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor in Greenville. That meeting will be March 20 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, located at 5501 S. Business Hwy. 69, beginning with an open house at 5:30 p.m.

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News and Culture Notebook
8:47 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Enjoy the saint's day, whether the beads are Rosary or Mardi Gras


It’s not certain when St. Patrick's Day morphed from a just another saint's day into an excuse for some to get drunk to the point of near-incontinence on emerald-colored concoctions. But, sadly, that's what the holiday seems to have become in the United States.

Tonight, green Mardi Gras beads, which are as Irish as Vladimir Putin, will fly in bars from Seattle to St. Augustine. Boozy brogues will be attempted, unsuccessfully. Back in the old country, such antics would be dismissed as "a load of bollocks."

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:03 am
Mon March 17, 2014

New reservoirs must pass TCEQ process before licensure


With all the attention on the Texas Water Development Board, it's worth noting that there's more than one state agency involved in the construction of any new reservoir. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must grant a license for any new reservoir construction project. The licensure process is a long and complicated one.

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Lamar County
10:38 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Paris police identify body of young woman

In Paris, law enforcement officials have relased the name of the woman found dead behind a Paris feed mill Wednesday morning.

KXII-TV reports that Paris police said fingerprints identified the woman as 18 year old Heather Elizabeth Rose of Paris. Investigators say she was found just before 10:30 a.m. in the 600 block of West Center Street by the property owner.

Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley told KXII that Rose's family reported her missing on Sat. March 8. The family said Rose had left home on foot at around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Hundley said.

Texas Government
9:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Perry asks feds to reconsider ice-storm disaster aid

The storm impacted much of Northeast and North Texas.
State of Texas

Gov. Rick Perry on March 13 appealed President Barack Obama’s denial of a major disaster declaration for 15 Texas counties following severe winter storms Dec. 5-9, 2013. The declaration would have provided federal public assistance for recovery efforts.

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Fannin County
8:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

KXII reports Ladonia official indicted on federal charges

A Ladonia city council member and former Fannin County Sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on five federal charges according to a report by KXII-TV.

The indictments allege that William Clifford “Cliff” Isaacs Jr. sexually assaulted four women while serving as a Fannin County Sheriff’s deputy, according to the report. The charges include four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, the report said.

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9:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Lions release 2014 football schedule

The Lions football team has come a long way since last year's opener against Sul Ross State. Hopes in Commerce are high for the second year of play under head coach Colby Carthel.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce 2014 football season begins with a couple of non-conference games against old-time foes and ends with a big question mark. The Lone Star Conference will begin a four-team playoff system this fall, so the Lions' season will end early on Nov. 1 unless they qualify for the postseason.

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Lamar County
11:49 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Paris man wins $1M lottery prize

There's a new millionaire in Paris after Friday's Mega Millions drawing, according to a KXII-TV report.

Gary L. Bryant of Paris claimed his second tier one million dollar prize on Monday, KXII reported. The winning ticket was sold at the Food Fast convenience store at 2610 North Main in Paris.

The Store's Manager says she hopes that selling the winning ticket will draw more lottery players.

"I think people tend to think that a winner will come from the same store, so I think they will come buy their tickets here I hope," manager D'Ann Gentry told KXII.

Texas Weather
8:28 am
Tue March 11, 2014

High winds expected overnight


The cold front expected to blow into Texas overnight won't bring arctic temperatures, but we could experience Nebraska-force winds in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A front from the north-northwest is forecast to move into Northeast Texas around midnight, with strong winds expected to follow about an hour behind the front. The system should bring sustained winds of 20-30 mph, gusting as high as 40 mph.

Paris Junior College
2:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Dragons earn first-round bye in NJCAA tournament

The 2013-2014 Paris Junior College Dragons.
Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College will have to wait to learn its opponent in the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Men's National Basketball Championship in Hutchison, Kan.

That's because the Dragons earned a first-round bye by virtue of a No. 8 seed, according to information released on March 10 by the NJCAA.

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