Lacey Filkins of Experience Mount Vernon Shares About June First Friday

Lacey Filkins, Executive Director of Experience Mount Vernon, shared details with us on June First Friday.

She talked about the theme for June, the activities available, food options, parking, and more!

Listen to the full conversation with Lacey HERE.

Dr. Brenita Nicholas-Edwards Gives the MVNU Update for June

Dr. Brenita Nicholas-Edwards, Assistant Vice President of the Center for Global Engagement at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, gave us our monthly MVNU update.

She shared details on what is upcoming for MVNU this summer, information on General Assembly, and more!

Listen to the full conversation HERE.

How You Can Volunteer this Year!

Today on The Morning Thing we talked about the importance of volunteering and we also had a great conversation with a member of the American Red Cross.

Rod Cook, Executive Director of the East Central Ohio Chapter, shares about the current needs for volunteers that the American Red Cross is facing.

He also talks about the ways someone can volunteer and how you can get connected with the Red Cross in Knox County.

Listen to our full conversation with Rod Cook by clicking HERE.

Have a blessed day!

-The Morning Thing

Kevin Henthorn from the Knox County Veterans Service Office talks about Memorial Day

Kevin Henthorn, Executive Director of Knox County Veterans Service Office was a our special guest on this Memorial Day.
Click HERE to hear the conversation.
He talked about the services that his office provided to veterans of our community.
He also shared the real meaning and importance behind Memorial Day.
He also shared the details of Mount Vernon’s activities including the Memorial Day Parade and special service at the Knox Memorial.
We honor the veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom today. Your service is not forgotten!

Click HERE to connect with the Knox County Veterans Service Office.

May 2023 Spotlight on Mount Vernon with Mayor Matt Starr

Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr shared updates on the City with The Morning Thing on Friday, 5/26/23.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • A discussion about current construction projects for the city
  • Update on the State Route 13 project and how the grant received from the state of Ohio will impact what we can do locally
  • Details about the public hearing coming up on 6/26 to discuss changes around the property of Mount Vernon Farmers Co-Op
  • Updates from Mount Vernon City Council including recent discussion on DORA, signage for designated areas, and the vision shared by Experience Mount Vernon
  • Updates from the Mount Vernon Police Department including new hires and a grant for a community advocate liaison
  • Updates from the Mount Vernon Fire Department including new hires and visits to elementary schools
  • Goals for the month of June
    • Decrease vandalism
    • Making our parks safer
    • New equipment at parks 
  • Upcoming events on the city’s calendar
    • Memorial Day Parade and Service
    • June First Friday
  • The opening and summer operation of the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool
  • Mayor Starr tells us how we can pray for his team as they head into the month of June.
  • Residents can stay connected to the City of Mount Vernon on their brand new Linked In page, City of Mount Vernon, Ohio. You can find routine updates, job postings and more.
    Citizens can still check the City’s website and Facebook.

To stay in touch with the City, go to:

  • Website –
  • Facebook – The City of Mount Vernon
  • Twitter – CityMV1805
  • YouTube – The City of Mount Vernon
  • LinkedIn – City of Mount Vernon, Ohio

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites celebrate Road Trips!

This week for our Friday Favorites, we celebrated National Road Trip Day!

Marcy and Alyssa shared their favorite road trip memories.
Click HERE to hear their fun stories.

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Velvet Ice Cream celebrates a family legacy and the tradition of the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

Marcy Rinehart of The Morning Thing talked with Luconda Dager, President of Velvet Ice Cream.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

She shared the rich family history of Velvet. She is part of the 4th generation leading the company.
Luconda shared the history of the Ye Olde Mill and the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival.
There are many exciting events coming this weekend for families to have fun!
They talked about ice cream eating contests, favorite flavors, and recipes, and that Velvet plans to serve around 5,500 gallons of ice cream this weekend at the festival!
Don’t miss the family fun this weekend in Utica!

Click HERE for the festival details.

Click HERE to connect with Velvet Ice Cream – check out the yummy recipes!

Click HERE for details on how you can win gift cards to Ye Olde Mill with WNZR!

Covenant Church in Mount Vernon welcomes special speaker Mickey Robinson

Alyssa Sidle of The Morning Thing talked with speaker and author, Mickey Robinson.
He shared a message of how Courage is God’s Secret Weapon for YOUR Victory!

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Mickey will speak this Sunday, 5/28 at Covenant Church, 13360 New Delaware Road in Mount Vernon.
The special service begins at 10:45 am.
For more information call (740) 392-3152 or go to

Doug McLarnan Shares about Walk for Ukraine

Doug McLarnan is participating in a Walk for Ukraine to help raise money for a great cause and in honor of two well-known men in Knox County.

Doug shared how he was inspired and influenced by Jim Buchwald and Bobby Herald and he decided to do the walk in honor of them.

He also gives us an update on where he is on his walk currently and how people can get involved with donating to the cause.

Listen to the full conversation HERE.

WNZR shares exciting news from New Directions of Knox County

The Morning Thing shared a conversation with Lori Jones Perkins, Executive Director of New Directions.
WNZR thanks this amazing organization for being a table sponsor at our 2023 Mom’s Night Out.
Lori shared exciting news about how the ministry is expanding, an upcoming move for her, and how they serve women in our community.

Click HERE to hear the conversation.

Click HERE to connect with New Directions.

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