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Halloween and Fall events on the South Plains 2019

  Pay It Forward: Treating the blood donors of Lubbock’s Vitalant

  Pay It Forward: A donation for the elderly of Wilson

  Pay It Forward: Donating to Inside Out Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Pay It Forward: Purple bag donation for Wolfforth’s First United Methodist Church

  Pay It Forward: A Donation to Los Hermanos Familia

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  Pay It Forward: Helping fill Lubbock-Cooper East’s Pirate Pantry

BACK TO SCHOOL: Photo time!

  Pay It Forward: Donating children’s toys to Covenant Pediatric Urgent Care Center

Shallowater ISD announces salary increase for every employee

One Class At A Time

  Pay It Forward: A donation for the Askins family

BACK TO SCHOOL: Important dates to know

We’re in the final stretch of summer and schools across the South Plains are about to start their 2019-2020 school year. Here are the dates for the first day of school for some schools in the area.

  Non-profit in Lubbock helping students with back to school clothes

With all of the school supplies and other expenses, some families may be looking for some help getting clothes as students head back to school. There are many places in Lubbock that help residents get clothes including school uniforms.

  Consider this: Keeping eyes on the road as the school year begins

Consider this… Put the safety of our children first. Let’s put down the phones, watch for the designated school zones, and really look out for the kids.

  3 Lubbock animal shelters participate in Clear the Shelters adoption drive Saturday

Three local animal shelters are registered for Clear the Shelters 2019, as part of a national effort to increase pet adoptions across the United States.

  Helping your child deal with back to school anxiety

Lubbock Habitat for Humanity hosting school supply drive with Children’s Hope

  Two companies buy school supplies for Lubbock teacher who won Clear the List challenge

  Pay It Forward: School supplies donation for Lubbock’s Vandelia Church of Christ

  School safety traffic tips from officials for kids and parents to know

  Keeping children active outside the classroom once school starts

Elementary student wins hearts with ‘I will be your friend’ shirt on first day of school

Blake Rajahn walked through the doors of the school with a big smile, an orange T-shirt and a message.

  Pay It Forward: Gifting the children of St. Joseph’s Youth Group

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the children of Lubbock’s Saint Joseph Youth Group.

  Bikers donate backpacks to kids at Back to School Bike Run

Saturday morning, area bikers donated and took backpacks to the Children’s Home Of Lubbock. It’s a part of the third annual Back To School Bike Run. Backpacks of all colors and sizes along with school supplies were donated and given to the children at the home.

  Shallowater DNL League welcomes special needs kids

There is something great happening in Shallowater. A group called DNL meets 5 times in the spring and 5 times in the fall.

  New water infrastructure in Shallowater

Residents in Shallowater can expected to see some stabilization in their water bills thanks to a $2.5 million dollar water infrastructure project.

  Shallowater ISD has the only ‘A’ rating in Lubbock County schools

Shallowater Superintendent Kenny Border takes joy in saying that his schools have the only A rating out of all the school districts in Lubbock County.

  Teen farmer feeding Shallowater at weekly Farmer’s Market

Shallowater is a place where pride runs deep, just like family roots, and “homegrown” isn’t just a term to describe the people. It also describes the family-run farmer’s market in the heart of town, where produce and passion go hand-in-hand, and the person in charge is 14-year-old Piper Keeney.

  Shallowater Education Foundation working for a better tomorrow

The Shallowater Education Foundation prides itself on helping not only the students of today but the students of tomorrow.

  Western Dairy Transport planning big renovations in Shallowater

The nation's largest milk and dairy hauler is renovating their terminal location here in Shallowater.

  Wind farm in Petersburg to fund $27 million school renovation project

The new school campus for Petersburg ISD will include a new playground, band hall, gym, ag shop, sports fields and an administration office.

  WYLIE Manufacturing: A staple in Petersburg for 55 years

WYLIE & Son, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company in continuous operation since 1930.

  Petersburg wind farm provides new opportunities and experience for residents

A new wind farm is bringing new and unique opportunities to the city of Petersburg.

  Petersburg woman walks hundreds of miles to fight cancer

It was the talk of the town in Petersburg when Mrs. Horn, a High School English teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, but what she did three years later made the paper.

  Abandoned building transformed into a place to make memories

There is an abandoned building that has sat in Plains for the past 62 years. The building was built right after Plains State Bank was established in 1957.

  Yoakum County Heritage and Art museum in Plains

The Museum, which tells the history of Plains and West Texas, is run by Jeannette Head who has done so voluntarily for the past nine years.

  Yoakum County pool in Plains gives community a safe place in the summer

“For a year we didn’t have a pool, and when we didn’t have a pool, the kids got in trouble more, they stayed out later, kids were just generally in trouble more because they just didn’t have a place to come.”

  Plains youth pastor on weight loss journey

Eric Kaiser spends most of his time inspiring others as youth pastor of First Baptist Church, but he hasn’t always been an inspiration to himself.

  Plains artist makes colorful splash with her art

An artist in Plains is making a colorful splash with her art. Suzie Powell or Suzy Pal as she’s better known, has been making art ever since she was little.

  Littlefield woman making dresses for girls in Haiti

Alice Sell was inspired by a friend from Wolfforth to be part of making dresses for young girls in Haiti, and other friends have followed.

  New restaurant in Littlefield helps revitalize downtown

In an effort to help revitalize downtown Littlefield, an old building there has been transformed into a fun new restaurant, celebrating the good old days.

  100-year-old home from Sears Catalog being refurbished in Littlefield

It's estimated that about 70 percent of the 75,000 homes sold by Sears between 1908 and 1940 are still standing today, and you can find one of those homes in Littlefield.

  Plains 12-year-old bull rider is already a champion

At 12 years old, Blake Wilson is humble but already a champion. From sheep to calves, to steers, to mini bulls, Blake is on a wild ride.

  Littlefield senior chooses military service, inspired by electric cooperative trip

It was a trip Rody Timmons might not have taken if it weren’t for the encouragement of family and a break with tradition for Lamb County Electric Cooperative, but that trip would motivate Timmons to live his life for his country.

  Former Littlefield denim mill now in operation as Continental Dairy Facilities

After the devastating closing of the American Cotton Growers denim mill in 2015, the facility has come back to life producing food ingredients and employing some formerly laid-off workers.

  Longtime Littlefield band director honored by students as band hall’s namesake

For more than half of her teaching career, Bonnie Anderson has spent her time in Littlefield, leading award-winning band students, only asking for a simple picture in return to remember them by at the end of the year.

  Take a step back in time at the Duggan House Museum in Littlefield

Since 2007, it has held relics from Jennings to the XIT Ranch, to Littlefield ISD.

  Littlefield is home to the Waylon Jennings Museum

Waymore’s is actually a liquor store and is owned by Waylon’s brother, James. Inside you will find a collection of personal items and memorabilia, like Waylon’s first guitar and platinum record. You can also find the coat he wore when he played with Buddy Holly.

  John McCarty shares life lessons from Littlefield

You’re never too old to re-invent yourself. That’s what we learned after meeting John McCarty in Littlefield. He’s 86 years old with a lot of life ahead of him.

Tahoka finishing $6.8 million project to repair water infrastructure

Baker tells KCBD the project comes after Tahoka’s 100-year-old infrastructure, which included cast iron and concrete lines with numerous patches, continued to fail.

  Eagle of Honor Memorial to remember Lynn County service members

The project has contracted with an Iowa artist for the bronze eagle statue, which will cost around $20,000 alone. Community members are asked to donate and be a part of the dedication ceremony to honor, respect and cherish sacrifices made by our military members.

  Tahoka declares Be Like Lenda Month

It’s one thing to have a day named after you, but to have a month when everybody else is asked to be like you?

  Lynn County Hospital District’s rehab center moves to Tahoka downtown building to serve more patients

The rehab center is making a move from the Family Wellness & Rehab Center facility into its own place downtown. The building once housed the Wynne Collier pharmacy.

Lynn County Courthouse reopens after multi-million dollar historical renovation

County leaders first applied for a planning grant with the Texas Historical Commission for this renovation of the 1916 building in 1997. After denied a grant for renovations two times, Lynn County was awarded the full grant in May of 2017.

Live Community Coverage Tour 2019

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Salvation Army teams up with Blue Sky for Back to School drive

Lubbock’s Salvation Army and Blue Sky restaurants are teaming up to help get clothes and school supplies for students who are staying in the Salvation Army Shelter.

  Moonlight Musicals to open ‘Mamma Mia’ Aug. 8, run through Aug. 24

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals is gearing up to perform its production of “Mamma Mia!” from Aug. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24. Shows will start at 8 p.m. inside LMM’s Amphitheater at 413 E. Broadway.

  United Family to host school supply drive

From July 17 through July 28, guests are encouraged to purchase school supplies and drop them into barrels located near the entrance of any United Supermarkets, Market Street or Amigos location in Lubbock and Slaton.

  Pay It Forward: Giving back to a vet in need

This week’s Pay It Forward recipient is Eloy Hernandez, a Lubbock veteran who is more than in need of a break.

  Pay It Forward: Surprising the visitors of Mae Simmons Pool

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the lucky visitors of the Mae Simmons Community Pool on East 24th Street.

Moonlight Musicals to put on ‘Aladdin, Jr.’ throughout July

Actors with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals will give four performances of the show “Aladdin, Jr.” starting at 8 p.m. on July 12, 13, 19 and 20. The musical is based off the 1992 Academy Award winning Disney film.

  Pay It Forward: Donating to the BHIVE Recovery Ministry

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the folks who used the services of the BHIVE Recovery Ministry, a Christian-based rehabilitation center at 5003 49th St., for those recovering from addiction.

Independence Day events in west Texas as 4th of July approaches

With Independence Day approaching, KCBD has compiled a list of Fourth of July events for families to enjoy in Lubbock and across west Texas.

  Lubbock sixth and seventh graders win national competition with science projects to prevent hot car deaths and deer-vehicle collisions

Seven local children from Southcrest Christian School are being recognized nationally for their inventions using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to provide progress towards solving problems affecting more than just west Texans.

  Pay It Forward: Donation given to Scottish Rite’s program for dyslexia

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the folks who help run Lubbock’s Scottish Rite Take Flight program, which helps children with dyslexia learn to read.

  KCBD to air National Anthem daily

As of June 13, 2019, KCBD NewsChannel 11 has brought the tradition back, along with other Gray Television stations across the nation.

  Pay It Forward: Surprise at lunch for the Llano Estacado Silver Star Board

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the folks on the Llano Estacado Silver Star Board, the organization that helps to support Adult Protective Services.

  Pay It Forward: Large gift for mini horses

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients are the folks in charge of the Minis and Friends South Plains miniature horse organization, located at 5412 9th St.

  Pay It Forward: Snacks, books and drinks for Shelby and Friends daycare

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the students of the Shelby and Friends Child Care Center, located at 2423 87th St.

  Pay It Forward: Donating to 2 Crestview Elementary School custodians

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients are Eric Aguilar and Irma Guajardo, custodians in Frenship ISD’s Crestview Elementary School at 6020 81st St.

  Pay It Forward: A donation for the Kiwanis Club’s American Flag Program

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the members of the Kiwanis Club Lubbock.

  Pay It Forward: Library of Legacies Mother’s Day surprise

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were the residents of Libraries of Legacy assisted living center in Slaton, located at 1420 West Woodrow Rd.

Firefighter adopts dog named ‘Lucky’ saved from sinkhole

An Amarillo firefighter has adopted a dog that he helped rescue from a sinkhole.

  Pay It Forward: Special gift to Frenship’s special needs students

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients were both the special needs students at Frenship High School and the teacher who oversee the Special Education Department, Kayci Smith.

  Pay It Forward: Special gift to a Market Street employee

This week’s Pay It Forward recipient was an employee of Market Street at 3405 50th St. who has brightened many days for most of her customers.

  Pay It Forward: Helping the Brown Elementary Special Education Department

This week’s Pay It Forward recipients are two teachers in Lubbock’s Brown Elementary Special Education Department, Heather Jones and Heidi Tennison.

‘Back the Bluebonnet’ challenge has Texas law enforcement playing in meadows, frolicking in fields

The #BacktheBlueBonnet challenge has public servants and emergency responders pausing to smell the flowers

  Pay It Forward: Feeding local CASA employees

This week Pay It Forward recipients were the employees of the CASA of the South Plains.

  Pay It Forward: Honoring a hard-working Lubbock mom

This week’s Pay It Forward recipient is Sheila Lee, a nurse in Dr. Craig Barkers office, located at 6205 43rd St. Sheila is a single mother, who along with raising her biological children fostered and adopted nine others.