The Knox County Career Center Online Auction to Benefit Food for the Hungry is Now Live!

The Knox County Career Center online auction of themed baskets returns to benefit Food For The Hungry!
The KCCC students and staff are helping you with your Christmas shopping through this great event.

This is an online silent auction featuring 11 themed gift baskets and 8 individual items/collections. Local businesses donated over $8500 worth of product and services, and that doesn’t even count what the KCCC labs are providing! Thanks to these generous donations, every dollar brought in goes to benefit Food for the Hungry.

WNZR had the chance to speak with Jim Riggle, KCCC principal, about this year’s auction and other FFTH Collection endeavors. You can listen to the entire conversation HERE.

The themed baskets include:

  • K9 Christmas (valued at $70)
  • OSU Basket (valued at $300 – $400)
  • Two Car Care Baskets (Each valued at over $300)
  • Downtown Date Night Basket (valued at $550)
  • Family Fun Basket ($590)
  • Foodies Basket (valued at over $750)
  • For Her Basket (valued at over $550)
  • For Him Basket (valued at almost $550)
  • Getaway Date Night Basket (valued at over $500)
  • Graduation Party Basket (valued at over $1200)

Individual Items or Collections up for bid this year:

  • Cherished Teddies Figurines
  • Four Crown Barclay China – 6 Place settings
  • Two 3 Month memberships to the MV YMCA
  • One ton of wood pellets from Buckeye Stoves
  • 8 Stacking chairs from Staples
  • Wedding Reception at the Gallagher Center (valued at $1,000)
  • 2021 YCF Lite F110 Motorcycle from Mid-Ohio Powersports (valued at $1,349)

Bidding ends at 3pm on Friday, 12/9. The winning bidders will be announced in the Food for the Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial later that day.

To view the baskets and items and to place your bid, click HERE.

The Morning Thing loves a holiday weekend!

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites 11/25/22

For our Friday Favorites this week, The Morning Thing hosts shared their favorite family activities to do during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
We are ready for some fun! How about you?

Click HERE to hear from Marcy, Allison and Wesley.

November 2022 Spotlight on Mount Vernon with Mayor Matt Starr

Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr shared updates on the City with The Morning Thing on Friday, 11/25/22.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • An update on current construction and maintenance projects
    • Finishing the Municipal Parking Garage
    • The curbing and guttering work is wrapped up for the year
    • The island at South Main Street and Columbus Road is done!
    • The city is continuing to study the intersection at South Main and Columbus Road to see traffic patterns
  • Updates from Mount Vernon City Council:
    • It is budget season. A work session will take place in January with the City and City Council.- Police cruisers that were ordered in February 2022 have finally arrived. There was a delay because of the lack of micro-processing chips that were in high demand.- City Council is discussing the purchase of a new fire truck
    • – City Council has approved the position of an alternate voting member for the City Recreation Board
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares an update on the City’s Police Department.  He talks about the 6-month trial run of the traffic division. There is an assigned patrol officer to handle traffic-related incidents.
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares an update on the City’s Fire Department.
    • They just hired 3 new part-time firefighters.
    • They are also trying to get a new fire truck.
    • There will be a firefighter paramedic test on December 14. The deadline to apply is December 9. You can apply on the city’s website – Website:
    • The fire department is also participating in Toys for Tots. You can drop them off at the MV Fire Department on West Gambier Street.
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares his goals for the month of December.
    • He wants to wrap up the budget meetings with all departments
    • He encourages taking time to be thankful this Thanksgiving – pause and realize that this is a remarkable community.
    • Finish the construction on the Municipal Parking Garage
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares upcoming events for the City.
    • Shop Small Saturday on 11/26The lighting of the Public Square, 11/26Mount Vernon Christmas Parade, 11/27, 2pmWinter Sanctuary fundraiser – A Christmas Carol presentation
    • Food For The Hungry, 12/9
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares what he is thankful for this Thanksgiving. He is thankful for your prayers and the amazing community.
  • Mayor Matt Starr explains how residents can stay connected to City Hall and the Mayor’s Office by checking out the website and social media accounts.
  • He tells us that as we go into this holiday season, and he asks that we pray for folks that have lost loved ones. He also shares how we can pray for him and his team as they get ready to go into 2023.

To stay in touch with the City, go to:

Happy Thanksgiving from The Morning Thing!

We pray that your holiday is extra special this year. May you find time to spend with loved ones and celebrate the many blessings of your life.

We wanted to share a list of powerful bible verses that focus on thankfulness. Take a moment to allow the Word of God to pour over you today and throughout the holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WNZR. We are thankful for YOU!

Click HERE to see 50 Thanksgiving Bible Verses compiled by

Lots of Exciting Things are Happening in Mount Vernon as “Winter in Downtown” Kicks Off This Weekend!

Exciting things are happening in Mount Vernon as the Christmas Season approaches! Winter in Downtown starts Saturday and you and your family can enjoy holiday fun throughout the end of November and all of December.

WNZR had the opportunity to speak with Lacey Filkins, Executive Director of Experience Mount Vernon, about everything happening with Winter in Downtown. She provided updates on Shop Small Saturday, the Lighting of the Public Square, The Mount Vernon Holiday Parade, Festival of Lights and more! You can hear the entire conversation HERE.

To learn more about what is happening in downtown and Sunday’s parade route, visit

Revive Ohio: Knox County shares details of their upcoming outreach event

Tim Stickle, the Chairman of Revive Ohio: Knox County, shares details of their upcoming outreach event this Saturday. He gives us insight about why events like these are important, and how churches can host one.

Join them on Saturday, November 26th, at 8:30am as they go out and pray with people in our community – loving, listening, and sharing the Good News.
The meeting will be held at the First Church of God at 10 Pine St, Mt. Vernon Ohio in the gymnasium (the last building)
8:30- 9:00 training
9:30 outreach
11:30 testimonies

Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

The 2022 Turkey Trot supports Food For The Hungry

The Morning Thing’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Scott Burgess of We Run MV about this year’s Turkey Trot.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

The event will be held Thanksgiving morning on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Registration is at 8am. The race starts at 9am.
You are asked to bring a donation for Food For The Hungry as your registration fee.

Over the past 11 years, We Run MV has collected over 6,442 food items and $10,609 in donations!
Scott shares the group’s passion behind this event and how each dollar makes a huge difference.

On average each year, this event has 166 participants and raises $965 and 586 food items.
The members of We Run MV hope to beat that average this year.

Thanksgiving can be FUN!

If you are like us, you are finalizing all of your plans for Thanksgiving! It is coming next week!

The Morning Thing is here to help. This morning (11/18), we shared some Thanksgiving activities for the whole family. These fun ideas from will help you get the laughter flowing along with the holiday cheer. You can also make some memories and start some meaningful family traditions.

Check out the full list HERE.

Click HERE to see the Thanksgiving FUN ideas that we shared.

Click HERE to see and download the Thanksgiving Lunchbox Notes.

Click HERE to see and download the Holiday Helper Cards.

We also had some FUN sharing Thanksgiving Brain Teasers.

Click HERE to get the full list and start the laughter at your family gathering.

Click HERE to hear from the Big Blue Crew! 🙂

Bonding as a Family This Thanksgiving

Almost every holiday involves spending time with family in some capacity, but for Thanksgiving it is all the more in focus. The holiday revolves around everyone coming together to share a meal and, well, give thanks. However, despite Thanksgiving gatherings often being large affairs, it is surprisingly easy to unintentionally avoid spending any real time with most of the people in attendance. It is habitual for many of us to split along generational lines and hang out only with the people that are closest to us in age and interest. Even then the conversation may stay surface level and no real bonding occur.

This Thanksgiving, we want to encourage you to connect with as many family members and friends as you can. Enjoy the time with them, it is a blessing from God! To help you, we are sharing suggestions from Crosswalk to help you engage in bonding regularly with your family to make it easier to do so on the Big Day, as well as ideas for those out of the ordinary gatherings like Thanksgiving. You can check out the entire list HERE.

However you are celebrating Thanksgiving, the hosts of the Morning Thing hope it is a blessed time for you and your family!

We can help you make your Thanksgiving dinner a lot easier!

If you’re making dinner for your family’s Thanksgiving, you’re probably starting to think about how you’re going to handle the meal on Thanksgiving. This morning, we shared some advice that can help make your Thanksgiving go smoothly. Maddy Sweitzer-Lammé of All Recipes says to think of Thanksgiving as a two-day holiday: use your Wednesday for the cooking, and Thursday for enjoying the food and your family and friends that helped make dinner with you.

There are many Thanksgiving dinner foods that you can make on Wednesday, including your stuffing, pies, and mashed potatoes and gravy. You can also decorate and set your table on Wednesday too! There are only two things that she say’s not to prepare: turkey (because it might dry out) and salad (it could be soggy). But, if you prepare ahead of time, you’ll have time Thursday to make a fresh turkey and salad!

Click HERE to read the article from All Recipes

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