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

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

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.

Place 4 Grace has exciting ministry news – P4G Thrift is here!

Marcy Rinehart of The Morning Thing talked with Kandee Popham, Place 4 Grace Executive Director and Beth Landis, Manager of the NEW P4G Thrift Shop.
The ladies shared the exciting news of the Grand Opening for this new initiative of the Place 4 Grace Ministry.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

They shared the story of how God has opened this door to serve Moms and babies in our community.
They also shared all the details of the Grand Opening from May 11 – 13.
P4G Thrift Shop is located at 506 North Main Street in Mount Vernon.
Visit their website for more information
Visit for more information about the ministry overall, to donate or to volunteer.

The Morning Thing talks about 4H Summer Camp

Alyssa Sidle of The Morning Thing talked with Lindsey VanGundy, Extension Educator with the Knox County OSU Extension Office.
They talked about this year’s 4H Summer Camp.

Click HERE to hear the entire conversation.

Lindsey shared details on the date, location, benefits, activities and the approaching deadline.
The registration deadline is THIS Wednesday, 5/10!
You do not have to be a 4H member to attend camps. Scholarships are available!
Contact Lindsey at 740-397-0401 with any questions or for more information.

Click HERE for more camp information.

Click HERE to register.

WNZR presents the May 2023 MVNU Presidential Update

MVNU’s President, Dr. Henry Spaulding, talked with The Morning Thing for his final Presidential Update.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Dr. Spaulding shared an update on his health and talked about how this graduation would be bittersweet. Dr. Spaulding will be retiring after MVNU’s Commencement on 5/6/23.

He talked about the accomplishments that he is proud of, shared memories from his time at MVNU and gave us an update on the Presidential Search.

Dr. Spaulding shared a special message to the Class of 2023 and all MVNU students. He also shared encouragement for MVNU Faculty and Staff.

He shared the plans that he and Sharon have for retirement, including a trip to Florida and a move to Sunbury.

The WNZR Staff want to thank Dr. Henry and Sharon Spaulding for their incredible service to our ministry and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Please join us in praying for this transition for their family and MVNU.

Dr. Spaulding,
Thanks for the many conversations and valuable information that we have shared over these past few years. It has been my honor to talk with you each month as we highlight a very special place – 800 Martinsburg Road! Your legacy will live on at MVNU. God bless you in retirement.

Marcy Rinehart
WNZR Station Manager

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – we share memories

For our Friday Favorites this week, The Morning Thing hosts shared their favorite memories from this school year.

Click HERE to hear from Marcy Rinehart, Allison Prouty and Ricky Geyer.

Allison and Ricky are headed to internships for their summer. Please pray for this transition for them and Marcy.

Alyssa Sidle joins the show next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Morning Thing is a great way to start your day, weekdays 6am – 9am.

WNZR celebrates Seniors Week with Mackenzie Holder

This week, The Morning Thing is shining the spotlight on our WNZR Seniors!

We have 8 graduating seniors on our Big Blue Crew.

On Wednesday, we shared a conversation with Mackenzie Holder.
Mackenzie is from Johnstown, Ohio. She is graduating with a degree in Communication and Media (Digital Media).

Mackenzie shares what brought her to MVNU and how she found her way to WNZR.
She has held many jobs at WNZR including Office Assistant, Co-Host of The Morning Thing, Communication Department Assistant, Voice of the Cougars Social Media Team, plus Head Editor of the Lakeholm Viewer.

Mackenzie shares some memories and lessons that she has learned over these past 4 years.

She asks for prayer for her future. Mackenzie will be attending Miami University in the fall to get her Masters Degreee in Sports Management.

Click HERE to enjoy the conversation!

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

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