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
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Syracuse Elementary Project Gets Approval

As part of the regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee school board Tuesday evening in Syracuse, a 1028 Hearing was held in conjunction with the new Syracuse Elementary School to be built off Kern Road. Such a hearing is required by state law for a project of this … Read More

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Wawasee School Board Hears School Improvement Plan Reports

Under the state’s complicated letter grading system for public schools, a school can improve its grade from the previous year but still be required to submit an improvement plan because, for example, too many students showed a low growth rate. During the regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee … Read More

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Cellphone Tower Approved By BZA

There will be another cellphone tower in the landscape of Van Buren Township. During the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday in Warsaw, the BZA approved a petition for Central States Tower to erect a 199-foot cellphone tower on the south side … Read More

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All Things New Petition Tabled Again

Continued from the October meeting, the petition for All Things New, a proposed addiction rehab facility for women in Tippecanoe Township, was tabled again, this time until Jan. 13, during the regular monthly meeting Tuesday of the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals in Warsaw. During the October … Read More

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Funding Awarded To Schools, But Not Wawasee

On Thursday, the state announced the awarding of $30 million to more than 1,300 schools to reward high-performing teachers in the first such distribution of teacher performance grants. But because the Wawasee Community School Corp. does not have its new teacher pay system in place, it was not eligible … Read More

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Wawasee Implementing New Transportation Software

School bus routes can change literally from day to day due to family situations and other factors. A student may ride one bus for a few days to go to one parent’s house and then ride a different bus to the other parent or a grandparent. Trying to … Read More

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Annual WMS Craft Bazaar Saturday

Unique handcrafted items making good Christmas gifts will be in abundance as always at the annual Wawasee Middle School Christmas Craft Bazaar. This year’s bazaar, the 25th edition, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the school located on SR 13 just … Read More

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Fencing Approved By BZA For Epworth Forest

Among the agenda items considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Thursday in Warsaw were two petitions by the North Indiana Conference United Methodist Church. The BZA normally meets the second Tuesday of each month, but since the second Tuesday fell … Read More

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High Ability Students Challenged, Board Hears

Since 2007, Indiana Code has required school corporations in the state to identify and serve students with high ability in the general intellectual and specific academic domains in grades K-12. During Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting in Syracuse of the Wawasee school board, the board heard a report from … Read More

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Former Naval Lieutenant Speaks At Wawasee High School

Tuesday morning’s annual Veterans Day program at Wawasee High School was a mixture of the student body being challenged, strong emotions and a former U.S. Navy officer sharing some of his service memories. Pat Park, a retired Navy lieutenant who served in the military for 25 years, was … Read More

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Plat Proposal At Chapman Lake Tabled By APC

Much of the time during the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission Nov. 5 in Warsaw was spent discussing a preliminary plat proposal for a somewhat different type of subdivision. Patrick Higgins, represented at the APC meeting by attorney Steve Snyder, petitioned for an … Read More

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Wawasee Shows Improvement As Corporation

After originally being released in October, then put on hold because of questions on the accuracy of data for a few schools, Indiana Department of Education finally released A-F accountability report card information for the 2013-14 school year Nov. 5. The data was released publicly after approval by … Read More

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Orthopedic Surgeon Keynote Speaker At Workshop

Dr. Lisa Ronback, orthopedic surgeon, said women have come a long way in less than 100 years. Less than 100 years ago, for example, she said, women did not even have the right to vote in the United States. Ronback was the guest speaker at the 12th annual … Read More

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Boomerang Backpack Program In Need Of Donations

Most Fridays during the school year, some 320 Wawasee students in grades kindergarten through fifth are sent home with backpacks containing food items. Food is provided to children enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. More precisely, the backpacks are part of the Boomerang Backpack program, … Read More

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Annual Christmas Bucks Promotion Is Underway

It’s not Halloween yet, but it’s not too early to think about Christmas gifts. Especially considering it is time for the annual Christmas Bucks promotion sponsored by The Papers Inc. and local merchants. Starting today, Oct. 29, the promotion runs four consecutive weeks through Nov. 19. Cut out … Read More

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Proposed Rehab Facility Has Stirred Concerns

Bill Fawley was a lawyer who started coming in contact with women dealing with substance abuse problems. Eventually he felt a strong desire to help some of the women, enough to resign as a partner in a law firm. He is now the executive director and founder of … Read More