The Ouachita Chronicles

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Episode 19: Ashley and Jeri’s Excellent Adventure!

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with… nobody! For our 19th episode, they (along with some input from Producer Trey) recap the past episodes, from Jodi to Cynthia! They also give the rundown on all the Pulse Multimedia staff that make this project what it is. So, now this begs these questions- will...

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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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Episode 16: The Return of Clint Craig

In this episode, now retired professional bull-rider Clint Craig comes back for another round with The Ouachita Chronicles crew! Instead of giving insight on how the industry works, this time he gives stories of his shenanigans on the road with his buddies. Be it tormenting the federal government, or being held up for breaking and...

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Episode 15: Chronicles Road Trip- Buffalo River Edition

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with Ben Milburn, owner of Buffalo River Outfitters. Milburn is very knowledgeable about the river and area and loves to share stories about his area. Ben talks about his adventures in Costa Rica, college experiences, how he was led into the tourism industry, and even about a...

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Episode 14: Rick Chrisman

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with Rick Chrisman, owner of gourmet restaurant American Artisans in downtown Mena, Arkansas. Being such a staple in Mena, Rick has a lot to say about how his business started, the inclusion of art in his establishment, and the highs and lows of owning a restaurant. Rick,...

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Episode 13: Bill Barnes

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri go on location with Bill Barnes, owner of Mountain Harbor Resort in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Barnes tells his story, from being a small boy moving across the country, to owning and operating one of the most successful marina-resorts in Arkansas.

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Episode 12: Ranger Ashley- Hot Springs National Park

In this episode, our favorite ladies sit down with Ranger Ashley of Hot Springs National Park. When it comes to the history of Hot Springs, Ranger Ashley is a wealth of knowledge. They discuss the history of the park, how COVID has affected tourism, the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Hot Springs National...

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Episode 11: Carey Byars

In this episode, the girls (virtually) sit down with film-maker and professor Carey Byars. Byars created a documentary about the Commonwealth college, a radical, left-wing labor college located near Mena, Arkansas during the Great Depression. How was the college founded? Who were the alumni? Was there really a communist revolt within the college? Listen along...

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Episode 10: Eudell Head

Who knows what could be in your own back yard? Could there possibly be a monster lurking in the darkness, watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike? In this episode, the girls find out when they sit down with Eudell Head, Police Officer and Bigfoot enthusiast. They find out the details on what...

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Episode 09: Travis Napper

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri have a (socially distanced) conversation with director of Arkansas Tourism, Travis Napper! The ladies and Travis talk about tourism, his travels in Arkansas, the effects of COVID on businesses and tourism, and more. This episode is brought to you by Don’s EZ Pay, the best place for you to...

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Episode 08: James Earl Turner

In this episode, Ashley and Jeri sit down with James Earl Turner. Turner is a local politician, actor, and historian with plenty of stories to tell about his adventures he’s had while watching the world grow old around him. In this episode, they talk about growing up in a ‘Dazed and Confused-esque’ Mena, James’ involvement...

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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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