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

Six Candidates Vying For Two Judge Seats


A total of six candidates — all Republicans — are seeking two Kosciusko County Superior Court judge seats in the May 6 primary election. David Cates, Stephen Harris and Chad Miner are seeking the Superior Court 1 seat currently held by the retiring judge, Duane Huffer. Torrey Bauer, … Read More

BZA Approves Louis Dreyfus Petition

Among the agenda items considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw was a petition by Louis Dreyfus Commodities. The biodiesel fuel maker requested an exception to allow three storage tanks to remain without permits and allow future expansions … Read More

Geometry Students Building Second Concessions Stand

Brendon Schied, a student at Wawasee High School, uses a saw to cut exterior siding for a concessions stand being built by Geometry in Construction students.

There’s something different about the concessions stand on the visiting side of the Wawasee High School football field. And one that will temporarily be used on the home side beginning with the 2014 season. The one already used and the other to be used later are projects completed … Read More

Donation Check Presented To Wawasee Freshman

Kelsey Turner, freshman, was presented a check made out to Make-A-Wish by the Warrior Leadership Committee. Shown are some of the committee members (some were not available when the photo was taken). Kneeling, in front from left, are Tiarra Culp, Grace Crays, Amanda Bradley, Samantha Malik, Turner (standing and holding the check), Alex Fiscus, Leeann Estrada, Jada Antonides and Cole VanLue. In the middle row are Chelsea Carolus, Carly Erst, Sarah Harden, Ashley Beer, Megan Goralczyk, Jerrica Bontrager, Molly Swartz, Shelby Swartz, Lydia Katsaropoulos and Katie Ashpole. In the back row are Kody Carpenter, Michael Pena, Ron Vardaman, Jordan Brown, Brandon Fox, Colfax Cannaday and Caleb Dingeldein.

Dreams still can come true sometimes. One did for a Wawasee High School freshman. Kelsey Turner, who has cystic fibrosis, was presented a check to Make-A-Wish in the amount of $2,300 by the Warrior Leadership Committee of WHS Thursday morning. Funds came from the March 21 Pow Wow … Read More

APC Approves Plat During Brief Meeting

During an unusually short meeting lasting barely 10 minutes, Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission approved a final plat during its regular monthly meeting April 2 in Warsaw. Edward and Deborah Boyts are having an accessory building built on property located off 8 Square Road, just north of Chapman … Read More

Wawasee Super Mileage Cars

Kneeling in front, from left, are Colfax Cannaday, Ben Slabaugh, Randy Ricci, Luke Smith, Emma Rager, Blake O’Connell, Paige Hlutke, Sam Rookstool and Austin Yoder. Standing in the second row are Austin Trowbridge, Josh Tucco, Riley Johnston, Ethan Brown, Kevin Carpenter, Jacob Tucco, Brandon Fox, Austin Lemberg and Allen Coblentz, faculty advisor. In the back row are Austin DeValk, Doug Hapner, Chase Corrigan, Brayton Fretz, Nathan Allen and Evan Ranzfranz.

Wawasee High School will again enter competitions this year with super mileage cars worked on by engineering students. From April 24-27, Wawasee will enter gas and diesel cars in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston, Texas. Then, on April 28, it’s on to the Lucas Oil Raceway … Read More

Wawasee Plans To Expand Project Lead The Way

Teacher Allen Coblentz, left, helps student Austin Krizman with a wiring circuit simulation board during the digital electronics class at Wawasee High School. It is one of the Project Lead The Way classes offered at the school.

There is a noticeable increase in the emphasis being placed on hands-on, engaging learning in school classrooms. While traditional classroom lecturing still has value, it is less likely to engage students in the learning process. Within the Wawasee Community School Corp., one way hands-on learning has been implemented … Read More

Wawasee School Board Hears Two Reports

Two reports were among the agenda items for the regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee school board Tuesday evening in Syracuse. The board heard a report about the peer facilitators program at Wawasee High School and also a report from Amy Evans, science teacher at Milford Middle School, … Read More

BZA Approves Commerical Building For Residential Use

Gustavo Munoz, who had originally petitioned the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission to have commercial property rezoned for residential use, was instead granted approval by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals for an exception during its regular monthly meeting March 11 in Warsaw. Munoz asked for an … Read More

Doerscher Petition Approved By BZA

Among the petitions considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting today in Warsaw, was a petition by Richard Doerscher. He asked for an exception to allow a business to remain on property on Black’s Court North at the intersection with Syracuse-Webster … Read More

Munoz Petition Again Tabled By APC

As it was in February, a petition by Gustavo Munoz to rezone an old Pierceton restaurant from commercial to residential was tabled by the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission during its regular monthly meeting March 5 in Warsaw. Munoz, who was not present at today’s meeting, appeared before … Read More

Wawasee Launches Revamped Website

Wanting a website more appealing and easier to use, and to more effectively communicate with the community, Wawasee Community School Corporation launched a revamped site the evening of Feb. 26. The new URL for the website is wawaseeschools.org, though it can still be accessed by typing in wawasee.k12.in.us. … Read More

Art Students To Donate Bowls

Shown with a few of the bowls are, clockwise, students Ruby Minnick and Kaine Pierce and Whirledge, along with students Christopher Oesch and Jaclyn Miller.

Art students in teacher Brian Whirledge’s ceramics class at Wawasee High School made several bowls out of clay that will be donated for the fundraiser dinner for Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, a ministry for the homeless. A total of 60 bowls will be donated for the dinner, where … Read More

APC Petitioned To Use Lamplight Restaurant For Residential Use

A Pierceton man wants to use the old Lamplight restaurant on U.S. 30 in Pierceton for a residence and petitioned the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission to rezone the property. Gustavo Munoz owns the former Lamplight building and asked for the property to be rezoned from commercial to … Read More

Student Achievement Plan Presented For WMS


Just before Christmas break, the Indiana Department of Education released letter grades for public schools. Wawasee Middle School was given an F grade and that meant the school was placed in priority status and had to submit a student achievement plan to IDOE by Feb. 1. During Tuesday … Read More

County BZA Grants Extension For Residence

Giving a petitioner more time to complete a residence in Tippecanoe Township was among the agenda items considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw. The meeting was held at the Justice Building. Worth Packer petitioned the BZA for … Read More