About Tim Ashley

Tim Ashley, associate editor for The Mail-Journal, has been with The Papers since March 2004. He edits articles for The Mail-Journal, as well as several other publications of The Papers. Ashley also covers Wawasee school board meetings, activities at Wawasee High School and Wawasee Middle School and monthly Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission meetings. A 1996 graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in journalism, he lives in Goshen. Staff Writer tashley@the-papers.com
Kosciusko County

APC Continues To Mull Permit Fees

Kosciusko County presently charges no fees to obtain a standard improvement location permit when building residentially or commercially. It will cost a contractor to start building without a permit, but that is after the fact. But that could change in the coming months. During its regular monthly meeting … Read More

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Substantial And Perpetual Gift To Benefit Wawasee

A substantial financial gift from an anonymous Wawasee patron could literally benefit the Wawasee Community School Corp. for a period of 100 years. During a special meeting of the Wawasee school board Tuesday in Syracuse, the board voted to approve the gift. A business is being sold into … Read More

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Guest Speaker Entertains, Challenges Students

  One can learn a lot from a dummy … or the one supplying his voice. During the Stephen and Other Dummies Comedy Concert the afternoon of Sept. 24 in the main gym at Wawasee High School, Stephen Brubaker entertained, encouraged and challenged students. Brubaker, assisted by his … Read More

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School Corporation Eyeing Land For New Elementary

A decision has been made by administrators of the Wawasee Community School Corp. to build a new Syracuse Elementary School somewhere, but exactly where has not been finalized yet. Since November, discussions have been held with the Eagles organization in Syracuse and Sunday the local Eagles membership voted … Read More

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Horticulture Judging Places First At State

For the FFA state horticulture judging competition, there really is no margin for error from a team perspective. Only the first place team qualifies for the national competition. Wawasee High School’s FFA horticulture judging team of Molly Swartz, Leeann Estrada, Shelby Swartz and Sarah Harden placed first out … Read More

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Boganwright A Student-Teacher For Ag Classes

Tyler Boganwright and Mariah Roberts grew up less than a half-mile away from each other near Mentone. Little did they know one day they would be teachers in the same department at the same school. Boganwright, a 2010 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School, is student teaching agriculture … Read More

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Wawasee Has Preliminary Increase In Numbers

Friday, exactly one month since the start of the 2014-15 school year, was the first head count day for public schools in Indiana to begin submitting enrollment reports to the Indiana Department of Education. Wawasee’s preliminary numbers are showing a notable increase compared to the same time last … Read More

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Board Gets Detailed Report About Career And Tech

Kim Nguyen, director of the Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative, is passionate about the options available to students in the career and technical program and when given the chance, he shares his enthusiasm with others. During Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee school board in Syracuse, … Read More

Kosciusko County

County BZA Approves Plan For Crematorium

A former furniture store on the north edge of Warsaw will be converted into a funeral home/crematorium. During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw, Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a petition for an exception to allow the former Warsaw Furniture Outlet on SR 15, north … Read More

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Several Wawasee Seniors Still Need Booster Vaccine

A deadline of Sept. 8 has come and gone and, as of Tuesday morning, 68 Wawasee High School seniors still had not received a booster of meningitis vaccine as required by state law. Myra Alexander, RN, school nurse for WHS, said Indiana Code 20-34-4-5 mandates a new requirement … Read More

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State Board Decisions Appear To Have Minimal Impact

Recent decisions made by the Indiana State Board of Education appear to have minimal impact on Wawasee schools, at least for the foreseeable future. The state board voted to adopt rules to establish how K-12 teachers, staff and administrators obtain licenses or permits. A career specialist permit, a … Read More


Four Foreign Exchange Students At Wawasee

There are four foreign exchange students attending classes at Wawasee High School during the 2014-15 academic year. In front from left, are Thanatcha Thanasrivanitchai, Thailand, hosted by Ken and Denna Lucas; and Gabriela Perez, Brazil, hosted by Todd and Sheila Clark. In the back row are Tabea Zurkinden, … Read More

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Top Public School Official Visits North Webster

Glenda Ritz said she has a “laser like” focus on getting things into classrooms teachers really need. During her visit to North Webster Elementary School Thursday afternoon, the state superintendent of public instruction had an opportunity to explain just how she intends to keep that focus. Ritz travels … Read More

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Storage, Residential Recovery Facility Moving Forward

During its regular monthly meeting Sept. 3 in Warsaw, Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission heard an unusual development proposal from attorney Steve Snyder. It would involve property near the Greystone housing subdivision at Chapman Lake. Snyder asked the APC to consider approving a plat for a development on … Read More

School Board Holds Brief Budget Hearing

The annual budget for the Wawasee Community School Corporation is closer to being formally adopted. As required by state law, the school board held a budget hearing late Tuesday afternoon in Syracuse. Jim Evans, director of finances for the school corporation, said the budget has been advertised in … Read More


Music Video Filming Begins Next Week

Wawasee High School, and other parts of Kosciusko County, will get a little taste of Hollywood. Los Angeles-based film company Flowfeel Films is contracted to begin shooting a music video Saturday, Aug. 23, at WHS. The music video “Indiana Weekend” will strive to show what it means to … Read More