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Linda Ditch


Topeka, KS, United States

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Past articles by Linda Ditch:

Topeka district seeks academic, behavior balance

Julie Phillips was ready to move out of Topeka.Her son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism at age 4. What is unique about Jake is he isn’t only very intelligent, he also has severe behavioral difficulties along with the social limitations common in autism, which make it difficult for people to work with him.He can be aggressive. This makes it challenging for him to be in a classroom.From preschool… → Read More

CapFed Best News: Washburn University to build new law school

The Washburn University Board of Regents approved plans Wednesday afternoon to build a new law school. The new structure will be located at the corner of → Read More

Topeka High to hold Hall of Fame induction Sunday

An artist, a Shakespearean scholar and a public administrator will be inducted into the Topeka High School Graduate Hall of Fame at 2 p.m. Sunday in the → Read More

USD 501 board discusses equity, honors student of month

At Thursday’s Topeka USD 501 Board of Education meeting, Beryl New, director of certified personnel and equity, discussed continuing work on school → Read More

CapFed Best News: Move-in day at Washburn helps freshmen, parents feel at ease

An annual tradition continued Thursday at Washburn University as faculty and staff helped students move into on-campus housing.The “Move Crew” in their special T-shirts gathered around as a car loaded with belongings pulled up in front of the Living Learning Center. In a matter of minutes, the crew had everything unloaded and headed to the student’s dorm room.Freshman Loren Dial, who came to… → Read More

Highland Park Central unveils new storm shelter and gym

Thanks to a $143 million bond issue voters passed in 2014, Highland Park Central Elementary School unveiled a new storm shelter/gym on Thursday afternoon. → Read More

CapFed Best News: USD 501 superintendent tells staff, 'You are the sunshine for every student'

Topeka Unified School District 501 welcomed all 2,400 district employees back for the 2019-20 school year at its annual convocation Wednesday morning at → Read More

KSDE reminds motorists of school bus stop arm law

School buses are starting to travel Topeka roads again as drivers practice their routes for next week’s first day of classes.The Kansas State Department of Education took the opportunity Tuesday to remind Kansas drivers of the school bus stop arm law. The "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead" campaign includes news releases, social media reminders, posters for schools, safety flyers, informational handouts… → Read More

At Home: Long Lighting Studio owner says lighting is 'like your jewelry'

On a recent gray, rainy morning, Long Lighting Studio was a beacon of brightness at 2111 S.W. Belle Ave.The locally owned shop works with homeowners, contractors and designers to find the perfect fixture for any space.“Lighting is like your jewelry,” said owner Kellie Long-Wiedmaier. “You may have a great dress, the perfect outfit, and everything looks beautiful, but if you add the right… → Read More

Topeka USD 501 board hears update on summer enrichment programs

The Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education heard an update Thursday about summer enrichment offerings in the district.The program first → Read More

Shawnee Heights school board approves purchase of turf football field

The Shawnee Heights Board of Education on Monday approved installation of a turf football field for the high school by a vote of 6-1.Kansas Turf had an → Read More

Advisors Excel brings barnyard to Sheldon Child Development Center, Pine Ridge Prep

For the third year, employees of Advisors Excel and their friends brought farm animals to Topeka Unified School District 501’s Sheldon Child Development Center and Pine Ridge Prep.The horses, pigs, goats and bottle calf were like magnets this past week to the young students, who gazed through fences and tentatively reached inside pens to touch animal fur. But Chip, the red heeler dog, was the… → Read More

Shawnee Heights hires new principal for Tecumseh North Elementary

Shawnee Heights Unified School District 450 has hired Kathleen Hensley Bivens as new principal of Tecumseh North Elementary School, effective July 22. → Read More

'Remember you matter,' news anchor Brooke Lennington tells educators

Today, as the face of KSNT News, Brooke Lennington is a picture of poise and professionalism.That wasn't always the case, and it wouldn't be the case now → Read More

FFA allows Seaman second-graders to spend Day on the Farm

Odin, a miniature pig, wasn’t sure he liked being the center of attention.His 2-pound body shook as the hands of numerous second-graders reached in to pet him, but he was held securely by Seaman High School student Molly Biggs. She and other members of the school’s Future Farmers of America program hosted the district’s second-graders for the annual Day on the Farm at the North Topeka Saddle… → Read More

At Home: College Hill home remodeled after fire for new owners

Brett Martin was attending parent night at Cair Paravel Latin School last August when he ran into a friend, designer Rachel Everhart. He mentioned that he → Read More

Soccer families ask Seaman school board for turf field

The Seaman Unified School District 345 Board of Education heard a plea Monday evening from district soccer families and players for installation of turf → Read More

Washburn law students can get jump on career with new third-year option

A new program announced Monday by Washburn University School of Law allows students who are admitted this fall or later the opportunity to complete their → Read More

Shawnee Heights team wins leadership challenge

A team of students from Shawnee Heights High School won the high school division of Washburn University's 2019 Leadership Challenge Event earlier this → Read More

Members of public share concern about classified staff's pay at Topeka USD 501 board meeting

At a meeting Thursday of the Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education, members of the public and representatives from the National Education → Read More