City’s oldest weekly rebuilds after theft (

| October 6, 2014

By Eryn Rogers Courtesy of WANE-TV

Frost Illustrated office

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne’s oldest weekly newspaper is bouncing back after a theft earlier in the summer froze the paper’s account. However, after an outpouring of the community’s help, Frost Illustrated is back in business. Frost Illustrated was founded back in 1968. Earlier this year, an ex-employee, Rosilene M. Taylor, forged checks causing around $14,000 worth of damage which threatened to shut the paper down. The paper’s staff held a few community fundraisers to help them rebuild. The donations allowed the 46-year-old paper to keep going. “We had so many readers, that we were surprised that out of their hearts they gave us this,” the paper’s founder, Edward Smith, Sr. said. In the past 10 days, employees have moved back into their headquarters on South Calhoun Street. However, employees said even with the financial setback, they still produced a publication every week. “Even though we weren’t physically here, we were working at various satellite locations to get the job done,” Edward Smith, Jr., a photographer with the station said. Employees said although the situation was unfortunate there was a silver lining to the theft. They believe it helped bring Frost Illustrated back into the public eye. “The people had the opportunity to show Frost some love, and they did,” Frost Illustrated creative writer, Jeanie Summerville, said. Frost employees said they’re not sure where Taylor is now, but they will take legal action. However, staff is currently focusing on rebuilding the paper. If you’d like more information on donating, click here.

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