Lara Hastings Reporter

Lara Hastings, reporter for the Basehor Sentinel, covers Basehor-Linwood schools, Basehor city government, business and feature stories and writes a bi-monthly column called Chaotic Stability. She is a 2005 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University and adores the Wildcats. Before joining the Sentinel staff in April 2006, she worked for the Kansas City Kansan and the K-State Collegian. She also spent the summer of 2003 on the shores of Lake Tahoe interning for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza in Incline Village, Nev.

Recent stories

A glimpse into a firefighter’s world
November 25, 2008
The Fairmount Township Fire Department has been helping young people realize their childhood dreams of becoming firefighters since 2001.
Vietnam: Finding honor in unpopular war
November 11, 2008
It was an unpopular war in a strange, faraway land where warfare definitely wasn’t the only hazard.
Students raise funds with parking-space raffle
Money to be donated to Chapman schools
November 6, 2008
Donating a dollar could provide Basehor-Linwood High School students VIP parking.
Youths hear veterans’ stories
November 5, 2008
Veterans Day is quickly approaching and Michelle Ablard, fifth-grade teacher at Basehor Elementary School, is making sure her students are prepared.
So long, readers: I’m outta here
October 30, 2008
An Easter egg hunt? Are you serious? That’s what I thought on my first assignment as the Basehor Sentinel reporter two and a half years ago.
Basehor named city of excellence
October 23, 2008
Basehor is a Community of Excellence, according to the Kansas PRIDE program.
Council allots funds for road work
October 23, 2008
The Basehor City Council approved two agreements Monday night comprising one of the first steps in road improvements for the city.
Area candidates talk about issues at local forum
October 22, 2008
Election Day is less than two weeks away, and area candidates were given a last-minute chance to share their views with the community Tuesday night at a Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce.
LCDC talks infrastructure at meeting
October 22, 2008
No action was taken during the Oct. 9 meeting of The Leavenworth County Development Corp. because of a lack of quorum.
Basehor schools make the grade on AYP report
October 16, 2008
The final state assessment scores were announced Wednesday and it looks as though Basehor-Linwood district schools have not only made the grade, but exceeded it.

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Recent photos

Sam Lust (left) and Logan Morris play with blocks Tuesday morning during Kindergarten Roundup in April at Linwood Elementary School. Lust and Morris are part of the first kindergarten class to test out all-day kindergarten pilot program at LES during the 2008-2009 school year. The district is considering expanding the program to all of its elementary schools.

Fred Box, Basehor, fought in the Vietnam War and now is commander of the Basehor VFW.

Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars members (from left) Wilbur Grisham, Fred Box and Dan Stueckemann talk to fifth-graders Friday afternoon at Basehor Elementary School in preparation for Veterans Day.

Basehor-Linwood High School senior Josh Keopke (left) and junior Zach Ross stand by their respected reserved parking spots in the teacher’s parking lot at the high school. The students recently won a fundraising drawing allowing them front-row parking for a week.

Chuck Wilderson (middle), Basehor PRIDE president, flanked by Youth PRIDE members Austin Welling (left) and Brian Swenson, talks to three Kansas PRIDE judges in June. The PRIDE groups recently learned they earned the 2008 Community of Excellence award.

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