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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Wawasee Violinist Earns Gold At State

After missing a state gold medal by a mere half point last year, needless to say Wawasee High School student Carly Erst was elated to actually earn one this year. The senior earned a gold medal with her violin solo Saturday in Indianapolis at the Indiana State School … Read More

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Potential New Twist For All Things New

An addiction rehabilitation facility for women given approval by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals in January may not be located in Tippecanoe Township after all. All Things New, founded and directed by Bill Fawley, had petitioned the county BZA to build its addiction rehab facility on … Read More

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Wawasee Graduation Rate Improves

Indiana Department of Education released 2014 high school graduation rate information Wednesday afternoon. Statewide the average was at 89.8 percent, up from 88.6 percent the year before. IDOE reported Wawasee High School showed 163 graduates out of a cohort count of 184, a rate of 88.6 percent. That … Read More

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Warrior Radio Is Filling The Airwaves

For nearly three full months, Warrior Radio has been broadcasting on FM radio for a roughly 15-mile radius. Warrior Radio WRWT 93.7 FM, broadcasting from a studio at Wawasee High School, officially launched Dec. 1. Prior to the station launching on FM, one had been broadcasting online (and … Read More

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A Change In Culture At Wawasee High School

Especially within the last three school years, the culture has changed at Wawasee High School. And that is precisely what Mike Schmidt, principal at Wawasee High School, and others wanted to see. “Student led” is more often becoming the norm at the high school. And it’s something Schmidt … Read More

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Bar Approved At Tippecanoe Lake Country Club

Approval was given for the Tippecanoe Lake Country Club for an existing tiki bar and service area outside the building by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals, but for one season only. The petition was among the regular agenda items considered by the BZA at its regular … Read More

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Wawasee Community School Corp. Issues Its Own Letter Grades

When school letter grades are issued by the Indiana Department of Education, school administrators have let it be known frequently they don’t feel the letter grading system is fair and consistent. So beginning with the last school year, the Wawasee Community School Corp. began putting together its own … Read More

APC Approves Agricultural Subdivision Plat

Already quite familiar with the petitioner Patrick Higgins, Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission approved a preliminary plat for him during its regular monthly meeting Feb. 4 in Warsaw. The plat, an agricultural subdivision categorized as a planned unit development, or PUD, is located on the west side of … Read More

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Wawasee Part Of State Pilot Program

Before they even walk across the platform to receive their high school diplomas, some Wawasee High School students will at least have a chance to earn a certification that can be used in the business world. Back in the fall, Wawasee was invited by the Indiana Department of … Read More

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Christmas Spirit In Abundance Board Hears

Christmas can be a festive, fun and memorable time for some as they gather with family or friends. But for others, it can be a discouraging, depressing and even painful time. During Tuesday evening’s regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee school board in Syracuse, the first meeting of … Read More

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Wawasee School Board Hears NWEA Report

Dr. Bob Cockburn, during his Stat of the Month report to the Wawasee school board Tuesday evening, talked briefly about Northwest Evaluation Association growth data. He compiled statistics showing how students performed from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2012, the fall of 2012 to the … Read More

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Higgins Petition Approved With Conditions

Among the petitions considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw was a planned unit development (storage facilities) for Patrick Higgins. The property is zoned agricultural and is on the west side of Chapman Lake Drive, north of Greystone … Read More

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Addiction Rehab Facility Approved By BZA

On the third attempt, All Things New will apparently become a reality in Kosciusko County. The proposed addiction rehab facility for women was granted approval by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw. The petition was originally considered by the … Read More

Planning Commission Approves Preliminary Plat

Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission held its first regular monthly meeting of 2015 Wednesday afternoon in Warsaw and it took less than 15 minutes. The only agenda item was a preliminary plat for a commercial subdivision for Michael Mettham on a 5-acre tract of ground east of SR … Read More

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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