The Ouachita Chronicles

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Episode 34: Seth Smith Part 2- High Speed and Low Drag!

In this episode, the ladies have Mena Mayor Seth Smith back on for a second go-round with the Ouachita Chronicles crew! In this episode, Seth expands on city projects that are currently being worked on, and projects he’s looking forward to working on in the future. The Ouachita Chronicles is brought to you by Don’s...

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Episode 33: Richard Lawry

In this episode, Jeri and Producer Trey sit down with Richard Lawry. Despite being a transplant, Richie has been well solidified in the community by way of his business, Richie’s Discount Auto Glass, his column titled ‘An Arkie’s Faith’ in The Polk County Pulse, and the books that he has written. Richie talks about how...

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Episode 32: Monta Black Philpot

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with nationally-renowned artist, Monta Black Philpot. Monta is most well-known from her collection of prisma pencil portraits of people from the area titled ‘The Ouachita Portrait Collection’. She shares stories of many of the subjects who were featured, as well as inspiration for other pieces. The Ouachita...

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Episode 31: Kim Williams

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with Parks and Tourism extraordinaire and professional science nerd Kim Williams. With Polk/Sevier County in the path of totality of an eclipse coming in 2024, Kim is here to tell you everything you need to know. They talk about past eclipses, it’s effect on tourism and business,...

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Episode 30: Jim Brace

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with artist and real life cartoon character, Jim Brace! Originally showing his work in Dallas, Texas, Jim moved to Hatfield with his wife in retirement before getting involved with the art scene in Mena. They talk about pop art, Jim’s painting style, growing up in an artistic...

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Episode 29: Tiffany Lane

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with artist Tiffany Lane. Tiffany shares her incredible story of being abandoned at birth and later adopted. She expands on her strange childhood, adoption, community, meeting her birth relatives, and art. The Ouachita Chronicles is brought to you by Don’s EZ Pay!

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Episode 28: Carla Vaught

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with former Polk County Extension Agent Carla Vaught. Carla was dedicated to her job, as well as her dedication to the equestrian arts. They talk about 4H, the inner-workings of the extension office, taking trips with children, and working with horses. The Ouachita Chronicles is brought to...

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Episode 27: Seth Smith

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with Mena Mayor Seth Smith. Seth is not only our current mayor, but also a former police officer, veteran, and grave digger. They talk about Seth’s time in the military, getting grants, the future of Mena and more. The Ouachita Chronicles is brought to you by Don’s...

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Episode 26: John Maddox

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with attorney and Arkansas State Representative John Maddox. As a Mena native, Maddox is dedicated to our community. They talk about growing up in Mena, his political roots, taxation, the American public education system, and what led John from being an attorney to being a politician. The...

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Episode 25: 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 24: Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri celebrate police officer appreciation week and sit down with Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer. Scott grew up with the dream that many children have- to be a police officer. As an adult, he was first an officer in Grannis before being elected as Sheriff in 2017. They talk about...

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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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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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