Jaco Booyens brings a message to end Human Trafficking to Knox County

Jaco Booyens wears many hats. He is the President and CEO of After Eden Pictures, Producer and Director of the film 8 Days, and abolitionist fighting against human trafficking.

Jaco will be speaking at Christ the King Community Church on Saturday, 9/14/19.
6pm – Meet and Greet
7:30pm – Live Seminar

Christ the King Community Church is located at 15598 McClelland Road in Fredericktown, OH.

WNZR’s Wesley Boston had the chance to talk with Jaco about what led him into the fight against human trafficking. Jaco talked about the very personal story behind his film 8 Days. He also shares a challenge to the local church and the body of Christ to join this fight.

Wesley also talked with Mark Norris, a local resident that saw Jaco’s story and was moved to bring him to our community.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

8 Days movie poster

The 2019 Knox County United Way Campaign is underway

The 2019 United Way Kick-Off Luncheon was held today in Mount Vernon. WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Executive Director, Kelly Brenneman. She shared highlights of Kick-Off Week including what money has been raised so far. She also shared this year’s theme, goal and how you can stay connected with the Knox County Campaign.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Here is the current total (as of 9/13/19):

United Way total 091319


The Morning Thing celebrates “Friday FUN Day” today!

On Friday’s show, show hosts Marcy Rinehart and Lexie Merritt declared their own special day – Friday FUN Day!

They shared ways to create fun at work. Click HERE to see 5 ideas from www.forbes.com

They also shared some surprising stats on how happy employees are more productive. Check out this information from Linked In.

happy employees
In honor of Friday FUN Day, we also shares some favorite FUN memories from a day at work.

Click HERE to hear Lexie and Marcy share their memories.



Today is the National Day of Encouragement. How will you celebrate?

(from www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

September 12th recognizes the National Day of Encouragement each year. This day is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact.

Offering encouragement to someone is free. It never costs us anything to say a few words to inspire a student, coworker, or friend. Even a reassuring word to a stranger may make a difference in their lives.

Encouragement lifts up someone when they are down. It also motivates a person who has their eye on a goal. When we’ve failed, the right words remind us to keep trying. A little dedication to finding the right message may create a spark that changes a loved one’s perspective.

Sometimes, the act of noticing a job well-done improves someone’s day. Developing a habit of recognizing emerging talents motivates us to speak up and offer a kind word or helpful tip. It’s a practice worth having, to improve relationships at work, home, and in the world around us. There really is no simpler way.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfEncouragement

  • Make deliberate acts of encouragement.
  • Provide reassurance and inspiration to the people around you.
  • High five someone for a job well done.
  • Take notice when a friend is getting close to a hard-earned goal, encouraging them to keep going.
  • Send a card or give a call or text to a family member who may be struggling. Remind them how important they are to you.
  • Use #NationalDayofEncouragement to share on social media.

The Morning Thing shared 52 practical and thoughtful ways to encourage others from www.anextraordinaryday.net

Click HERE and try one of these ideas today!

We also shared encouraging bible verses to strengthen your faith.
Click HERE to find scripture to encourage you today.


The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, launched an effort to get Americans to participate in this Day of Encouragement. Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas made the first proclamation for Day of Encouragement on August 22, 2007. The following month, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007, the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12th the official National Day of Encouragement.

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce celebrates a new location

These are exciting days for the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, 9/9/19 celebrated the official grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Chamber’s new location inside the C A & C Depot in Mount Vernon.

WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with Carol Grubaugh, Chamber Executive Director. Carol shared what prompted their move and highlights from the ribbon cutting ceremony. She also shared how local businesses and organizations can become Chamber members.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Stay connected with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce at http://www.knoxchamber.com/

Parenting is hard! The Morning Thing is here to help.

Tuesday’s show focused on parenting.

Allprodad.com has 6 things parents need to know when children need discipline. Click HERE to be inspired by author, Derek Maul.

We also shared tips on how to prepare your child for the real world. Click HERE for some really insightful tips from author, Andrew Linder.

Our big takeaway from today – daily prayer is crucial for your parent journey. Andrew Linder gave this advice:

Encourage your kids to pray daily.

If children can learn while they are still at home to rely upon God’s help to get them through whatever they face, they are miles ahead for their future. Nothing you do as a parent carries as much life-long weight as helping your children learn how to genuinely walk with God for themselves.

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – we celebrate Lazy Moms Day!

For The Morning Thing Friday Favorites today, we celebrate Lazy Mom’s Day.

Moms, we appreciate your commitment to your families, careers, community outreach and everything that fills your very busy calendar.

Today is a day dedicated to helping you find time to rest and relax. YES! You have a free ticket to kick up your feet and BE LAZY!!!

Lexie Merritt and Marcy Rinehart shared their favorite ways to relax. Listen in and find an idea to try TODAY!

lexie merritt

Click HERE to hear how Lexie uses tea and snacks to relax!

Marcy in studio

Click HERE to hear how Marcy LOVES naps!

We love you MOM!

Main Street Mount Vernon prepares for September First Friday

Bring your family to downtown Mount Vernon tonight for September First Friday. This month we honor our first responders.

WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with Carrie Hyman, Executive Director of Main Street Mount Vernon.

She highlighted the event schedule, parking and road closures for tonight’s event.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Click HERE to stay up to date on all events hosted by Main Street Mount Vernon.

Click HERE for a complete list of activities for tonight’s event. Plus, you can see the description of the fabulous prize basket that WNZR is giving away tonight at September First Friday!

September Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding

MVNU’s President, Dr. Henry Spaulding spent some time talking with The Morning Thing. His Presidential Update included news on enrollment, highlights of this month’s calendar, updates on construction projects and encouragement for students, faculty and staff.

Click HERE to hear the conversation.

Click HERE to stay updated on the MVNU Calendar.

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