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.

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.

Need to Refresh Your Quiet Time?

Does your quiet time need a reset? Is it hard to remind yourself everyday to take that time alone for just you and God? Maybe you need to refresh and renew what your quiet time looks like. shares 10 tips to help renew that special time! Read all the steps they have HERE.

We hope those tips and tricks help bring life back to that all-so-important time with the Lord.

-The Morning Thing

The Morning Thing Shares Prayers for Mom this Mother’s Day

The Morning Thing shared 8 beautiful prayers for Moms this Mother’s Day. All from, the prayers touch the lives and hearts of Moms in all different situations and walks of life this Mother’s Day.

Read the encouraging prayers by clicking HERE.

-Alyssa from The Morning Thing

April 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, 4/28/23.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • A discussion about current construction and maintenance projects including a project to deal with storm water issues.
  • An update on city parks and the grounds maintenance.
  • Discussion on the 2023 cleanup that is coming soon in Mount Vernon
  • An update on the recommendation for senior housing from the Mount Vernon Planning Commission.
  • Information about the proposed plans for a housing development on Vernonview Drive, as housing is a huge need in the community.
  • Details on the opening day of Hiawatha Water Park. It will open on May 27th.
  • Updates from Mount Vernon City Council, including Mayor Starr’s thoughts on the legislation that passed on Monday for annexation in the city.
  • Discussion on what actions have been taken to improve the condition of Mount Vernon’s 12 ball fields.
  • Update on the City’s Police Department, including Mayor Starr’s thoughts on hiring a second community advocate.
  • An update from the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
  • Discussion on Mount Vernon’s adoption of residential ADA forms and how the forms benefit both citizens and first responders.
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares his goals for April, including:
    • Cleaning up the streets
    • Dealing with storm damage
    • Improving utility infrastructure
  • Mayor Starr shares about the events happening in the city in May, including the Mount Vernon Memorial Day Parade, which WNZR’s very own Joe Rinehart will MC!
  • Mayor Starr tells us how we can pray for his team as they head into the month of May.
  • Residents can stay connected to the City of Mount Vernon on their brand new YouTube page, The City of Mount Vernon. Public city meetings will be livestreamed and archived on this page. Citizens can still check the City’s website and Facebook.

To stay in touch with the City, go to:

Dr Amy Kovach brings Summer Camps to MVNU

Dr Amy Kovach, the new VP for Academic Affairs, is bringing summer camps to MVNU. The camps will be held July 10-14 and July 17-21.

Click HERE to listen to the conversation she had with WNZR.

The first session of camps, held July 10-14, will include:

-Criminal Investigations: Students work to solve a mystery
-Pre-Law: Work with the Criminal Investigations camp to hold a trial
-Environmental Science: Collect samples and test them
-Film Production: Make a film during the week
-Education: Plan lessons and implement them with students

The following camps will be offered at the second session July 17-21:
-Art Design: Practice bookmaking, drawing, and photography
-Emergency Preparedness: Learn how the pros handle and manage emergencies
-Engineering: Explore the different types of engineering
-Exercise Science: Great for students interested in personal training or physical therapy
-Nursing: Explore MVNU’s nursing simulator

These camps are perfect for students wanting to learn about the fields that they’re interested in before they go to college. The camps will immerse the students in college life and help them learn if college is for them.

Camps cost $485 for one week and $920 to go both weeks. The cost directly covers the cost to attend the camp, meals, and housing. Watch for more details.

The Food For The Hungry crew share their thoughts about the Drive Day

The Food For The Hungry Drive Day broadcast was held on December 9th at the Knox Memorial Theater. As of 12/13, a total of $274,000 and 18.3 truckloads of food have been collected! Thank you for doing your part to fight hunger in our community!

We spoke to several members of our team who collect donations, ran a camera, hosted the broadcast, and worked hard to make the broadcast go smoothly.

Click HERE to hear comments from:

Alaina Bonham

Audrey Spearman

Ben Alexander

Carolyn Fergus

Captain Christine Moretz

Curtis Newland

Jayme McMillan

Jeff Mabe

Joe Rinehart

John Nixon

Jonathon Langdon

JR Bonham

Judah Keith

Kasey Middaugh

Lori Lybarger

MacKenzie Holder

Matt Salvucci

Ricky Geyer

Ryan Tiell

Zoe Bricker

To stay up to date with Food For The Hungry, go to

WNZR talks to Captain Christine Moretz of the Mount Vernon Salvation Army about Food For The Hungry

WNZR sat down with Captain Christine Moretz of the Mount Vernon Salvation Army to talk about Food For The Hungry.

Christine tells us about-
-Her work with the Salvation Army
-How the economy has created an increased need for giving due to increased food pantry visits
-The Salvation Army’s service visits this year and last year
-The Salvation Army’s biggest needs this year
-The top 10 list of most needed items
-How your $1 donation becomes $5.22 worth of food
-How monetary donations help your neighbors in more ways than feeding them, including helping for housing, clothing, food for students through the year, transportation, and medical appointments
-Christine’s goals for the Salvation Army of Mount Vernon in 2023
-How you can pray for her
-She shares a story of how Food For The Hungry helps our neighbors in Mount Vernon
-Christine gives encouragement for helping your neighbors in need. She tells us about what the “Working Together to Care for our Neighbors” means to her.

Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

To learn about how you can give to Food For The Hungry, go to

WNZR talks to Katie Frazier of Fredericktown Interchurch Social Services about Food For The Hungry

WNZR talked to Katie Frazier, Branch Manager of the Fredericktown Interchurch Social Services.

Lori tells us about:

  • How long she’s been with Interchurch Social Services
  • An update on their service numbers, and comparing this year to last year
  • She gives an overview of the food items needed, as well as the taxable items like hygiene products and soaps
  • How your donation of just $1 becomes $5.22 worth of food at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective
  • The many ways Food For The Hungry helps people- it puts food on family’s tables, but also helps clients pay for car repairs, ongoing education, summer lunch programs for students, and school supplies
  • Katie’s goals for Fredericktown Interchurch Social Services in 2023. She wants to improve food selection and availability at the pantry
  • She asks for prayers as they help people and their situations
  • Katie thanks the community for their generosity
  • How “Working Together to Care for our Neighbors,” the Food For The Hungry slogan, shows that it is good for the community to care for their neighbors in need

Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

For more information about all the ways you can be involved with Food For The Hungry, go to

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