The Ouachita Chronicles

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Episode 07: Pasha Watson

The small town of Mena, in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, is considered by many to be an ideal vacation spot and a more than ideal place to live. Find out what makes Mena and the surrounding area such a draw for tourism, as Ashley and Jeri visit with Pasha Watson. Pasha is the...

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Episode 06: Derek Campbell

In this episode, Ashley and Producer Trey sit down with Derek Campbell. Derek is the owner of The Ouachitas, formerly known as Ouachita Coffee Roasters. They discuss Derek’s journey, the coffee-making process, the red tape of starting a micro-brewery in a dry county, and his love for his community.

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Episode 05: Christy Plunkett

Christy Plunkett sat down with Ashley and Jeri to share her story of being a parent to a special needs child and the blessings that came in turn. Christy is an autism advocate and was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on his Arkansas Legislative Task Force for Autism. She generously opened up about...

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Episode 04: Justin Lapenter

Certified personal trainer, chef, permaculture design consultant, and world traveler, Justin Lapenter, shares his story of overcoming a tragic accident and embarking on worldwide nomadic adventures. Justin breaks down the food system in relation to health and wellness, recalls his time studying at the Earthship Biotecture Academy, and gives the OC gals the low-down on...

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Episode 03: Clint Craig

Professional bull rider, Clint Craig, sat down with Ashley and Jeri to talk about life on the road, hanging on for 8 seconds, and what happens when a cowboy hangs up his hat. Disclaimer: Mild Language

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Episode 02: Lana Gail

Mena native, Lana Gail, shares stories of growing up in rural Arkansas while dreaming of being a country music star. Lana’s debut single “Cool In My Skin” and her second single, “Pushing Up Daisies” have been steadily making their way up the country charts.

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Episode 01: Jodi Nicole

Jodi Nicole, owner of Transcendence Body and Energy Work, visits with the OC gals about her journey through domestic violence, trauma, and the healing that has taken place in her life. Disclaimer: Some material may be sensitive to younger audiences.

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Everyday people often have remarkable stories that go untold. The Ouachita Chronicles uncovers those interesting tales and talents. Join Ashley and Jeri as they learn the story behind the people who live in or originate from the Ouachita Mountains region and get to know their amazing stories and personalities.

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