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

Salins Host Ivy Tech ‘Friend Raising’ Event

Termed a “friend raising” event, Bill and Peggy Salin hosted several visitors on behalf of Ivy Tech Foundation and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Friday evening at their home on the east side of Lake Wawasee. The event was a way for those attending to learn a little … Read More

Financial Gift A Pleasant Surprise For Syracuse Elementary

The unexpected still does happen and at times comes in the form of a generous financial gift. If still in doubt, consult with Eric Speicher, Syracuse Elementary School principal. During the regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee Community School Corp. Board of Trustees Tuesday evening, the board heard … Read More

Additional Parking Approved For Business With Condition

Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals met for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw and among the petitions considered was one by Jeff and Roberta Holle of Tippecanoe Township. The Holles asked for an exception to allow a parking lot for overflow parking for Holle Enterprises LLC. … Read More

County Building Inspector Sought By BAKFC


During the other business portion of the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission Wednesday, July 2, in Warsaw, the APC heard a request for a county building inspector. Joni Truex with the Builders Association Kosciusko Fulton Counties appeared before the APC and asked the … Read More

Prelim Engineering Study Presented To Commissioners

Raymond Hartman was honored during the county commissioners meeting Tuesday as Veteran of the Month for July. From left are Brad Jackson, commissioner; Rich Maron, veteran services officer; Hartman, and Bob Conley and Ron Truex, commissioners.

Repairs are needed for the water utility system of the Turkey Creek Regional Sewer District and it will take nearly $2 million to pay for the improvements. During this morning’s county commissioners meeting, a water utility preliminary engineering study report was presented by Brian Houghton and Jeff Hersha of … Read More

Former Trojans Gather For Annual Reunion

Milford High School Class of 1944

Though the high school was closed after the 1967-68 school year, memories are still alive and well. Many of those memories of a small town high school were shared during the annual Milford High School Alumni Association Banquet Saturday evening in the cafeteria of Milford Middle School. After … Read More

Millstones Will Eventually Be Donated

This stepping stone used at the home of Tom Knopp in Syracuse is an old millstone formerly used in Crosson Mill in Syracuse.

One is a decorative stepping stone, but it’s really a piece of local history. In the yard of Tom Knopp’s home overlooking Syracuse Lake are two quite old millstones from the former Crosson Mill. Crosson Mill, carrying the surname of Samuel Crosson, a founding father of Syracuse, was … Read More

WHS Summer Projects Include Signs, Upgrades

Ben Lopez of Robert E. Crosby Inc., Fort Wayne, uses a jackhammer to tear down a wall in the radio studio area of Wawasee High School. The studio is being renovated this summer.

When the hallways and classrooms in school buildings have no students in the summer months, construction workers are busy sawing, drilling, tearing down, building up and more. Construction projects in Wawasee Community School Corp. buildings this summer are being paid for by a combination of a bond project … Read More

School Board Sees Students Giving Sides

special olympics

It has been said today’s school aged students are too often “wrapped up in their own little worlds.” But if given the chance to prove otherwise, they can prove they do care about others and want to serve the community as the Wawasee school board heard during its … Read More

Retiring Educators Honored At Board Meeting

When the 2014-15 school year begins in August, the Wawasee Community School Corp. will be without a total of 384.5 years of teaching experience. A total of 12 teachers are retiring from the school corporation and most were present to be honored by the school board during its … Read More

Petition For Landscaper Approved With Conditions

Among the petitions considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting today in Warsaw was one by Ruth Buell. Buell petitioned the BZA to allow a residence accessory tract to be sold separately from a residence and to allow an existing structure … Read More

Wawasee Middle School Students Given Awards

Wawasee Middle School eighth-grade students who earned straight A grades all three years of middle school included, from left, Isaiah Metcalf, Tiffany Koble, Kyndall Fisher, Hannah-Marie Lamle, Rosalie Garro and Amanda Mall.

Wawasee Middle School presented end of the year awards during the last day of school June 4. Following are the awards: Eighth-Grade Subject Awards Social studies — Rosalie Garro, Tiffany Koble, Kabrea Rostochak, Jacqueline Tucco Language arts — Aubrey Kuhn, Josh McDaniel, Brianna Haessig, Andrew Jones Advanced language … Read More

Planning Commission Tables Plat Request

Because of confusion, Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission ended up tabling a preliminary plat request by Nifong Farms Holding during its regular monthly meeting Wednesday in Warsaw. Nifong Farms petitioned for 8.915 acres to be platted as an agricultural II subdivision on CR 875 West in Etna Township. The … Read More

Once Popular Skating Rink Mostly Gone

Equipment for Don & Sons Excavating tears into the south end of the American Legion building in Syracuse. This portion of the building was once a popular roller skating rink.

On Tuesday, a part of the past in Syracuse was literally torn down. The south end of the building now used by Post 223 of the American Legion in Syracuse, 1806 S. Huntington St. (SR 13), was demolished by Don & Sons Excavating, Syracuse. Originally the building had … Read More

Annual Cruisin’ Cuse Car Show In Syracuse

Harley Cordill of Warsaw was the Best of Show winner for his 1965 Buick Skylark Grand Sport during Saturday’s Cruisin’ Cuse car show in Syracuse.

Rainy and chilly weather made it feel more like March than past the midpoint of May, but the 26th annual Wawasee Kiwanis Cruisin’ Cuse car show went on as planned in Syracuse Saturday. Because of the weather, the number of cars for the show was considerably below normal. … Read More