Around Foreman


By Earlene Warrick

A familiar landmark in downtown Foreman is the red brick building on the corner of Schuman Street and Tracy Lawrence Avenue known as Young’s Thriftway. It has served as a grocery store since 1959 when Perry Chester (Hap) Young purchased the building and became the first proprietor. After his retirement from the business in 1983, his son, Perry Clifton Young, followed in his father’s footsteps and took on the responsibility of keeping the store open and has done so for the past 35 years. He has always been known for his generosity and support of community events. A few weeks ago Perry announced his intention to retire and that his store would be closing because he had not been able to locate a buyer. As you can imagine, the prospect of not having a grocery store in Foreman sent shockwaves all over town. The town’s dilemma got the attention of the news media, and the situation was then reported in newspapers and on television. As a result, Mr. Jerry Dawson will be the new owner and operator of the only grocery store in town, and the landmark building will become known as “Young’s Gator Grocery.”

Congratulations, Perry, and best wishes for a long and happy well-deserved retirement!!!!!

A former graduate of Foreman High School has been inducted into the Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Southern Arkansas University. Susan Taaffe Nelson, Horatio Elementary School principal, was recognized for her leadership ability in a special ceremony at SAU, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was one of only four regional educators who received this honor. Susan is the daughter of Sue Taaffe and the late Johnny Taaffe of Foreman.

A large crowd attended the funeral of Mrs. Connie Kent Bell, one of Foreman’s oldest and most beloved citizens. She was a kind lady with a sweet smile who will be missed by all who knew her. Sincere sympathy is extended to her family for their loss.