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 [email protected]

Middle Schoolers Join High School Students In FFA

SYRACUSE — Middle school students interested in learning more about natural resources, how plants and animals work together, food science, food safety and more agriculture related topics can now get a head start. Because an agriculture class is now being taught at a middle school in the Wawasee … Read More

Pathways Seeking To Increase Number Of Non-Traditional Students

SYRACUSE — Kabrea Rostochak, Wawasee High School senior, wants to be a civil engineer. Keyanna Clevenger, also a senior at Wawasee, may or may not pursue an interest in interior designing but she is involved in the building trades program. McKenzie Keaffaber, a junior at Fairfield High School, … Read More

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School Board Hears Report About Costa Rica Trip

SYRACUSE — Twelve Wawasee High School students who study Spanish were able to practice what they have learned during a trip to Costa Rica this summer. During the regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee school board Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, in Syracuse, the board heard a report about … Read More

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Mobile Home Park Petitions Tabled By BZA

WARSAW — During the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Warsaw, two petitions from Etna Green Mobile Home Park were tabled until the Oct. 10 meeting. One petition is asking for mobile homes to be replaced up to within … Read More

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Spring 2017 ISTEP+ Results Released

SYRACUSE — Indiana Department of Education released results of spring 2017 ISTEP+ Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6. The controversial test, which may be administered for the last time in the spring of 2018, has often frustrated administrators, teachers and students throughout the state. ISTEP+ assesses English and language arts … Read More

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Rezoning Of Technology Park Recommended For Approval

WARSAW — During its regular monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6, in Warsaw, Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission recommended approval to rezone the technology park at SR 13 and US 6. Dan Richard, area planning director, noted when the technology park project began the zoning was according to … Read More

New Raptor Security System Being Installed

SYRACUSE — Wawasee Community Schools is taking an additional step to protect the safety of its students. A new security system, Raptor, is being installed in each of the school buildings in the corporation. Visitors to each school will still be buzzed in as they have been in … Read More

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Budget For 2018 Moves Forward

SYRACUSE — A second budget hearing for the Wawasee Community School Corporation was held Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Syracuse. Fiscal year 2018 is approaching. Jim Evans, director of finance for WCSC, provided proof to the school board the 2018 budget has been advertised in local newspapers. There was … Read More

Two New Colorful Additions To Wawasee Bus Fleet

SYRACUSE — They could be described as rolling billboards for Wawasee Community Schools. Two new buses for the school corporation’s fleet are already attracting attention and will see plenty of use during the coming school year. Using additional funds in the bus replacement fund, Wawasee purchased two 46-passenger … Read More

Funding For Rural School Districts Declining

MENTONE — Monday, Aug. 7, marked the beginning of the 2017-18 school year for Tippecanoe Valley schools. Students are filling classrooms from the elementary through high school levels, though a disturbing trend during the last 10 or so years has been less state funding for the more rural … Read More

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New Security Cameras To Greet School Visitors

SYRACUSE — Beginning sometime after Labor Day, visitors to any of the schools in the Wawasee Community School Corporation will experience something much different than they’re used to. Security upgrades will mean visitors will be greeted by Raptor, a new camera system. The Wawasee school board was given … Read More

Dr. Edington Observes Chinese Educational Methods

SYRACUSE — A teacher before he became a superintendent, Dr. Tom Edington, superintendent of the Wawasee Community School Corporation, shifted gears and went into the learning mode while visiting China earlier this summer. He was one of 10 superintendents from across the United States, and the only one … Read More

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BZA Says No To Latest Plummer Petition

WARSAW — The ongoing case of James Plummer, who has petitioned the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals multiple times, appeared again during the regular monthly meeting of the BZA Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Warsaw. Plummer has a pole barn in which he operates The Property Company LLC … Read More

Small Community Of Kinsey Ceases To Exist

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Month after month, the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission, depending on the agenda, can consider rezoning petitions, preliminary or final plats or also possibly road or lot vacations. During the planning commission’s most recent meeting Aug. 2, one petition stood out somewhat due to its … Read More

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Approval Recommended For Growing Kids Rezoning

WARSAW — Growing Kids Learning Center operates several day care centers in northern Indiana and wants to put a new one in Warsaw. During the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission Wednesday, Aug. 2, in Warsaw, Growing Kids petitioned to have property on CR … Read More

Casey Returns To Wawasee District As Administrator

SYRACUSE — During a special Wawasee school board meeting Tuesday evening, Aug. 1, in Syracuse, the board approved the hiring of Michael Casey as assistant principal at Milford School, effective Wednesday, Aug. 2. He replaces Ryan Connor, who left to become the physical education teacher at North Webster … Read More