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.
Sands CISD might have been at home, but the district was forced to graduate on the visitor’s side of its football field, due to TEA COVID-19 guidelines. That side of the field is in Martin County, while Dawson County makes up the other half.
When Lubbock County confirmed its first case of COVID-19 or Coronavirus, the Lubbock County Court Residential Treatment Center implemented its plans to prevent the spread of the disease in its facility, but that meant changing its programs.
Perry said when it comes to restricting or opening businesses, government policies have picked “winners and losers.” He said too much power has been given up to the government for too long during this pandemic.
With Governor Greg Abbott’s order to close Texas school buildings to students, Lubbock ISD has been able to move forward with construction projects that would have been started only after students left for summer vacation in late May.
Nurses Corey Solis and Cole Strain are starting their second of three weeks in New York volunteering to help colleagues working in the epicenter of the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. Their experience has them urging everyone back home in Lubbock to take this seriously.
Many churches will be empty on Easter Sunday, in sharp contrast to the traditional holiday crowds. However, some local churches are taking to the radio, social media and more to ensure congregants can still enjoy the service.
Nursing homes continue to be the largest source of exposure to COVID-19 in the Lubbock area, with 118 cases. The City of Lubbock Health Department identified three homes with infected residents Thursday.
On Friday, Small Business Administration lenders and banks began taking applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help small businesses pay their employees with loans that can be forgiven.
In an effort to serve the rural hospitals across the region, Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center students, faculty and staff are teaming up with pilots who are volunteering to transport their 3D printed medical supplies.
Debra Perry says her journey grieving the loss of her 20-year-old daughter to cancer has not ended and it won’t. However, her journey has been helped with Hospice of Lubbock, a non-profit provider of adult and pediatric end-of-life care for 19 South Plains counties.
Classrooms, kitchens and kids areas are currently being constructed in the northern part of the building. Work is expected to begin on the facade of the building and outdoor community space in the coming weeks. Then, the next phase on the adult and community service areas will begin.