Kase Wilbanks joined KCBD in July of 2017. He grew up just down the road in Idalou watching NewsChannel 11 and is thrilled to finally be a part of the team he's long admired.
While watching KCBD, Kase became fascinated with broadcast news and hearing the stories of folks across the area.
He took that passion for journalism up I-27 to West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. That's where he joined many organizations throughout the Communication Department like the campus radio station, KWTS 91.1 FM, the National Broadcasting Society, and WTTV. While in the process of earning his degree, Kase was a part of several award-winning productions including Steps to Promise, a documentary for Amarillo's Downtown Women's Center.
After graduation, Kase started his career at KVII ABC 7 Amarillo. In the High Plains Kase covered stories ranging from the deadly wildfires of March 2017 to the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight and stories that showed what the Panhandle Spirit is all about.
Kase returns to KCBD after spending the summer of 2014 interning in the newsroom. He's excited to once again be back in the South Plains and telling your stories.
Following approval by the FDA, the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Lubbock Health Department administered its first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 12 and older Thursday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
While the funds have been expected since the American Rescue Plan passed in March, Lubbock leaders don’t exactly know how they’ll spend the nearly $117 million coming to the city and county governments.
“It’s about honoring those folks that lost family, about those folks that that stood up and said ‘We’re not gonna let this beat us down’,” Stephen Faulk, VP of MWM Architects said. “There’s a true West Texas spirit around here and not much can knock us down.”
The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office released the body camera video of the incident nearly a week after the Lubbock County District Attorney’s office determined it would not take the case to a grand jury.
Gaschen graduated from Monterey High School and later Texas Tech University in 1993. Just a few years later he would join the cast of The Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland. At age 26, he became the youngest performer cast in that professional production.
Citing public safety, the committee identified the build of Fire Station 20 in south Lubbock, the paving of about five miles of roads across Lubbock and the widening of Erskine Street from the west city limits to Frankford Avenue from two to five lanes as priority needs.
Turnout on April 10 for the first day of early voting is the second-highest going back to 2009 when the issue of alcohol sales in Lubbock County was on the ballot. That first day brought out more than 5,800 voters.
Lubbock’s new water tanks have prompted a few questions and theories as to how they function as they’ve been constructed. KCBD got a look inside the elevated water storage structures to see how they work, ahead of the final touches.
The Lubbock Health Department is partnering with The United Family to help deliver vaccine doses to the community, a partnership that has become even more important now that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been put on hold.
The treatment focus changed to cognitive programs rather than just work skills. That prompted the need for classrooms rather than workshops. Monteilh said rehabilitation success rates have gone from 24 percent to 82 percent, which has had an effect on the entire community.
The Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD administrators both told KCBD the relief funding would help with meeting gaps in learning that students are suffering by hiring additional staff or meeting technological needs.
While ”picture day” may sound like a simple task for some, it’s an opportunity that local foster children wouldn’t get if it weren’t for Amanda Wise and other community members who make it possible to capture a joyous moment in their lives.
A separate emergency center for pediatric patients is set to open in about a month within the UMC Health System in Lubbock. The $1.9 million facility is made possible by the Children’s Miracle Network and its donors.
Lubbock Cooper West Elementary School teacher Jan Kello is the seventh 2020-2021 recipient of KCBD’s One Class At A Time $500 donation. Kello works in special education, giving support to students of all ages in a variety of subjects in the classroom.