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

Lakeside Park in Syracuse Busy With Activities

Lakeside Park in Syracuse was humming with activities Friday evening such as the group of boys in the photo above who played an impromptu game of soccer in a grassy area. Children had fun on the playground equipment, some enjoyed swimming in Syracuse Lake and others just gathered … Read More

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County Revising Flood Control Ordinance, APC Hears

Kosciusko County is in the process of revising its flood control ordinance, the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission heard during its regular monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon, July 1, in Warsaw. Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county, said the revision is mandated because FEMA is updating its … Read More


Kosciusko County Has Local Chapter Of DAR

Kathy Gawthrop discovered one of her ancestors, Adrian Anglin, is the only Revolutionary War patriot buried in Kosciusko County. Anglin served for nearly six months in the war as an infantryman in Virginia and may have also been a drummer. But when it was learned he was only … Read More

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Additional Agenda Items For School Board

Other agenda items considered by the Wawasee school board during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 9, in Syracuse included: • Dr. Tom Edington, superintendent of the Wawasee Community School Corp., noted the high school building trades projects for the next two school years will be a joint … Read More

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Design Phase Of New School Building Progressing

Just what the new Syracuse Elementary School will look like is becoming more clear. During the regular monthly meeting of the Wawasee school board Tuesday evening, June 9, in Syracuse, the board heard a brief update on the design phase of the building from Brian Bohlander, architect for … Read More

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Brook Pointe Given Approval To Expand

Brook Pointe Inn will be expanding operations. Approval was given by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 9, in Warsaw. Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county, noted Brook Pointe was given an exception by the BZA back in … Read More


Wawasee Summer Projects Focused On High School

There wasn’t enough money left to finish last year’s summer capital projects fund list, so the Wawasee Community School Corp. is doing a little catchup this year. Summer construction and-or renovation projects are done each year throughout the school corporation using CPF money, which is but a piece … Read More

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Rezoning Near Dewart Lake Recommended For Approval

Rick and Patricia Marlow own 20 acres of land near Dewart Lake in Turkey Creek Township and want to set aside 5 acres of it for their daughter to use. They petitioned the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission to rezone the land during the APC’s regular monthly meeting … Read More

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Athletics Code Of Conduct Will Change, Board Hears

Several changes will be made to the athlete code of conduct at Wawasee High School, the Wawasee school board heard during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Syracuse. Steve Wiktorowski, athletic director at the high school, said the code, which is part of the student handbook, will essentially … Read More

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Instructional Coach At Syracuse Gives Report

Dina Coverstone stepped out of the classroom at the beginning of the school year and had what she termed as an eye opening and learning experience. Due to a generous financial gift from the Laudeman family, Coverstone became an instructional coach for teachers at Syracuse Elementary School. During … Read More

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Coy Petition Approved By County BZA

The agenda was somewhat light for the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday in Warsaw. Among the agenda items considered was a petition by Gerald and Stacy Coy for an exception to allow produce sales within a residence in a commercial district. … Read More

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Building Trades Students Recognized At Banquet

This year’s building trades banquet at Wawasee High School, held Thursday evening in the cafeteria, was a little different. Since the project house has been a joint effort between Wawasee and Fairfield building trades students, the banquet was a combined effort, too, and instructors for each program honored … Read More

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Mishler To Participate In Principals Institute

School principals, especially those less experienced, encounter situations for which they have no immediate answers. It is of great value to them to know another principal, whether local or elsewhere in the state, has dealt with a similar situation before and can offer helpful advice and suggestions. Making … Read More

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Vacations In Syracuse Subject To Conditions

Miscommunication marked one of the petitions during the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission May 6 at the county courthouse in Warsaw. Patrick Industries petitioned the APC for vacation of lots and alleys in the Strauss, Dolan’s and M. Hillabold’s additions in Syracuse. Patrick … Read More


Annual Safety Day Held At Syracuse Community Center

  SYRACUSE – Safety is an educational process that needs to be taught beginning with childhood ages. Saturday at the Syracuse Community Center for four hours, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and service clubs gathered for the third annual Kids Safety Day hosted by the Syracuse Parks Department. Tyler … Read More