mental health

Episode 24: Blaine Bailey

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down (virtually) with Mena native Blain Bailey. An expert chef, Blaine has seen the lifestyle that often comes with the career and has experienced the negative effects firsthand. Because of this, he started In The Weeds, a non-profit geared towards chefs and people working in the restaurant industry….

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Episode 23: Keena Part 2

In this episode, we pick up where last episode left off with Keena Ashcraft. Keena talks about her recovery, meeting her wife, her work as a firefighter, being involved with CASA, and the future of her non-profit. The Ouachita Chronicles is brought to you by Don’s EZ Pay!

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Episode 22: Keena Ashcraft

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri Sit down with Keena Ashcraft. Keena relives and recounts her incredible struggle with addiction. Starting from a young age, through the years she fought not only addiction, but also the things that come along with it like mental health, struggling to hold healthy relationships, instability etc. In part one…

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Episode 18: Cynthia Martin

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with Cynthia Martin, director of CASA of the Ouachitas. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a volunteer organization that represents and advocates for abused and neglected children. Cynthia talks about the organization and the process of becoming a CASA volunteer, as well as their…

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Episode 17: Derek Miller

In this episode, Ashley does a solo interview with Derek Miller. Miller is a fitness expert, personal trainer, record-holding power-lifter and the owner of the first kettlebell gym in Arkansas. Derek shares his story from when he was a young boy dealing with his parent’s divorce and taking an interest in fitness, to highschool hijinks…

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