Industry

Looking to the Future

Ash Grove Cement FactoryAsh Grove Cement Co. broke ground Friday October 19, 2007 on a new $350 million plant that will replace the existing facility here and increase both production and efficiency. Cement production at the plant will increase to 1.7 million tons per year, up 700,000 tons from the current plant’s rate, after three wet kilns are replaced by one dry kiln, company officials said. “Today’s announcement is a win-win-win for Ash Grove, Foreman and for the State of Arkansas,” said Ash Grove Chairman Charles Sunderland. “We couldn’t have done it without the vision, the energy and the hard work of local and state leaders.”

More than 600 construction workers will be employed while the plant is built. Updated control technology and fuel systems are being incorporated into the new plant to lessen the environmental impact. New loading silos will also be built. Sunderland said the new plant will be a milestone for the company, which he said is the largest American-owned cement company in the country. The local plant is a flagship plant for Ash Grove and will be a state-of-the-art plant for the industry, he said. “Ash Grove is really committed to being a national leader in the production of Portland cement,” Sunderland said.

Dan Peterson, plant manager, also praised employees’ hard work, saying it helped make this expansion possible. “Our employees are the best employees in this part of the country, if not the world,” he said, adding the plant wants to be a strong part of the community for the next 50 years. The company is also celebrating about 50 years of operation in Foreman.

The increased efficiency at the plant will help it compete with foreign-owned companies such as those in China. “We’re excited about what we’re doing today and excited about the future of Arkansas,” he said. Local officials praised the investment in the Foreman plant, which employs about 150 workers. Because of the increased efficiency, employment is not expected to increase at the plant itself.

“This is life to Foreman and Little River County,” said State Sen. Barbara Horn, D-Foreman. She also called it a “win-win-win” for all involved. State Rep. Larry Cowling, D-Foreman, called the expansion a big plus for the area and the state. “It’s been tremendous for the first 50 (years) and we can’t wait for the next 50 to start,” said Cowling. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe praised the Sunderland family’s investment in the plant, which he said is particularly notable in an industry now 90 percent owned by foreign entities.

“Ash Grove has been a cornerstone of Foreman for 50 years. The company is now making an additional investment in this community, one that is both substantial and environmentally friendly,” Beebe said. “I appreciate their continued commitment to the people of Southwest Arkansas.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., said jobs at the plant are the kind that are hard to move overseas. I was just here to thank the folks from Ash Grove for investing in Southwest Arkansas and creating jobs for working families,” Ross said. Headquartered in Overland Park,Kan. Ash Grove is the sixth largest cement company in the nation with nine plants.

This article is a reprint from the Texarkana Gazette.

Directions

From Foreman to: DISTANCE
Ashdown, AR 19 miles
Texarkana, AR 43 miles
Little Rock, AR 181 miles
Fort Smith, AR 156 miles
Dallas, TX 174 miles
MAJOR HIGHWAYS
Interstate 30
State Hwy 108
State Hwy 32
State Hwy 41

Ouachita Mountians

The Oachita Mountains ablaze with Fall colors.The Ouachita Mountains were formed when a collision of two continents squeezed up from the ocean floor thick layers of sedimentary rock. They have lost thousands of feet of elevation to weathering and erosion since emerging above sea level, and their tallest summit now reaches less than 2,700 feet. Within the 1.7 million-acre Ouachita National Forest (est. 1907) are back roads and hiking trails that provide visitors with an up-close experience of the mountains. Among the forest’s most popular campgrounds are the Albert Pike Recreation Area on the Little Missouri River and the Shady Lake Recreation Area, located on a scenic 25-acre lake formed by a Civilian Conservation Corps dam constructed in the 1930s. Popular day-use spots include the Little Missouri Falls and the scenic Winding Stairs areas. The forest also provides several float camps for canoeists on the upper Ouachita River

Legacy Ranch

 

Thousands of migratory waterfowl pass through Legacy Ranch each year.Legacy Ranch located in the Southwest corner of Arkansas, bordering the Red River, has been under development for the past ten years by the Ashley family. The primary reason in constructing the 6000 square foot facility is to provide luxury lodging during whitetail deer, elk, duck, and upland bird season for hunters and guests from all over the world.


The Ranch is home to several Elk herds.

This is the place for the sportsman who has searched their entire life for that one huge buck or trophy elk! A place where you can take a limit of ducks, have an upland bird hunt, catch a hundred Florida Bass, put a Boone and Crockett class buck on your wall, and kill a Trophy Elk all in the same day. Legacy Ranch provides Guaranteed Trophy Elk Hunts, Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunts, Arkansas Hog Hunts, Arkansas Duck Hunts, Buffalo Hunts as well as Pheasant, & Quail Hunts

For more information about the ranch call toll free at 1-866-798-6031.

Rivers

Little River

Little RiverThe Little River Bottoms is 18,000 acres of nearly contiguous lowland habitat bounded by AR-355 on the east, the Little River watershed on the south, and Millwood Lake IBA on the west and north. This land is composed of flood-basin swamp, bottomland hardwoods, wetlands, cypress brakes, savannahs, and wetland grassy areas. It is among the largest contiguous tracts of bottomland hardwoods anywhere in the Gulf Coastal Plain of the U.S. The area has been protected by several private hunting clubs as wildlife habitat for over a century. Nacatoch Ravines Natural Area (AR Natural Heritage Commission) and Little River Wildlife Management Area (AR Game & Fish Commission) are part of the IBA.

Within the Little River Bottoms, Grassy Lake and the Yellow Creek drainage have been designated by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission as an “Ecologically Sensitive Waterbody.” Grassy Lake was evaluated by the National Park Service as a potential Natural National Landmark because it “contains the finest example of a sizeable stand of virgin baldcypress in Arkansas.” The Little River Bottoms supports many plant and animal species of conservation concern at the state and continental levels. It has the largest breeding population of American Alligators in Arkansas, supports nationally significant nesting colonies of wading and waterbirds, and contains some of the oldest (> 350 year old) baldcypress trees in Arkansas. The North American Bird Conservation Initiative identified the Little River Bottoms watershed as critical waterfowl and neotropical migrant bird habitat. In general, the biotic diversity of this area is among the greatest of any area or ecosystem in Arkansas.


Red River

Red RiverThe Red River is one of several rivers with that name. It rises in two branches (forks) in the Texas Panhandle and flows east along the border of Texas and Oklahoma, and briefly between Texas and Arkansas. At Fulton, Arkansas, the river turns south into Louisiana to empty into the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. The total length of this journey is 1,360 miles (2,190 km). The river gains its name from the red-clay farmland of its watershed. Since 1943 the Red River has been dammed by Denison Dam to form Lake Texoma, a large reservoir of 89,000 acres (360 km²), some 70 miles (110 km) north of Dallas. Other reservoirs serve as flood control on the river’s tributaries. The Red has a mean flow of over 7,000 ft³/s.

Much of the river’s length in Louisiana was unnavigable in the early 19th century because of a collection of fallen trees that formed a “Great Raft” over 160 miles (260 km) long. Captain Henry Miller Shreve cleared the logjam in 1839. The river was thereafter navigable only for small craft north of Natchitoches.

The interest group known as the Red River Valley Association was formed to lobby the United States Congress to make the river fully navigable between Alexandria and Shreveport, Louisiana. Leading supporters of the longstanding project were Louisiana Democratic senators Allen J. Ellender, J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. and Russell B. Long, Louisiana’s former Fourth District Congressman Joseph David “Joe D.” Waggonner, Jr., and the late Shreveport Mayor Littleberry Calhoun Allen, Jr. This project has been completed, and a lock system now allows navigation of barge traffic as far north as Shreveport.

Because of a cartographic error, the land between the north and south forks was claimed by both the state of Texas and the federal government. Originally called Greer County, Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it belonged to the federal government, which at the time oversaw the Oklahoma Territory. That territory was later incorporated into the state of Oklahoma, whose southern border now follows the south fork.

That southern fork, which is about 120 miles (190 km), is generally called the Prairie Dog Town Fork. It is formed in Randall County, Texas near the county seat of Canyon, by the confluence of intermittent Palo Duro Creek and Tierra Blanca Creek. (The names mean “Hard Wood” and “White Land”, respectively, in Spanish.) It flows east-southeast, through Palo Duro Canyon in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, then past Newlin, Texas, to meet the Oklahoma state line. From there eastward, it is usually referred to as the Red River, even before meeting the north fork.

Lakes

Millwood LakeWhether you enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, or hiking Millwood Lake has an activity for you. With an abundance of food a varied habitats, multitudes of birds are attracted year-round to Millwood Lake. Birders from across the nation come to Millwood to get a glimpse of a wide variety of birds that include over 333 species reported within a 7.5-mile area. A flock of white pelicans make their home year-round on the lake, while Bald Eagles, Golden-winged Warblers, Gulls, and several species of ducks are among the birds making an appearance throughout the year. Millwood has 12 recreation areas around the lake. There are 12 boat ramps, 8 campgrounds, 3 picnic shelters, and 1 designated swim area. Alligators are a part of the natural habitat at Millwood be cautious and keep safety in mind while boating, swimming, or fishing. Please remember whatever your recreational interest – play it safe at the lake.

Millwood Lake is a key unit in the general flood reduction system for the Red River below Lake Texoma. The lake operates in conjunction with Lakes Texoma, Pat Mayse, and Hugo and five upstream lakes in the Little River Basin. In addition to flood control, it also is used for water supply and recreation and to improve fish and wildlife.

Fire and Rescue

Foreman's Fire and Rescue Department stands ready for any emergency.

The Foreman Volunteer Fire Department is a fully-equipped operation providing fire protection and rescue services to the community of Foreman and the surrounding area.  Foreman maintains 3 fire engines as well as rescue vehicles. The main station is located at 203 S. Hwy 41, Foreman – (870) 542-7200. The department features the latest in fire and rescue equipment.  

The Foreman Fire Department Officers are:

  • Chief Justin Roden
  • Assistant Chief Chad McElhannon
  • 1st Captain Dennis Bates
  • 2nd Captain Bryan Roden
  • Fire Marshal Bryan Roden
  • Secretary Trent Liggin
  • Chaplin Trent Liggin

If you have an emergency to report, please call 911.

Address:
203 S. Hwy 41
Foreman, AR  71836

 

Phone:
Emergency – 911 

Non-Emergency – (870) 542-7200

 

Email:
foremanfiredepartment@yahoo.com

 

City Hall

Foreman City Hall is the hub of city operations and houses offices for the Mayor, City Recorder/Treasurer, and Foreman Municipal Waterworks.  The City Hall is centrally located at 209 Schuman St. and the normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.  Office is closed from 12pm to 1pm for lunch and on all government holidays.

We welcome your interests and encourage open communication between all citizens and City Hall officials.  We’re here to serve you.  In addition, our offices are often made aware of opportunities for citizen involvement or have needs of volunteers for specific community projects.  To find out more of learn where you can get involved, contact City Hall.

City Hall

209 Schuman St.
P.O. Box 10
Foreman, AR  71836

Mayor                                   (870) 542-6050

Recorder/Treasurer        (870) 542-7434                   foreman@whti.net

Water Department         (870) 542-6234                   foremanwater@whti.net

Parks and Recreation

The city park is a favorite destination of adults and children alike.

Foreman maintains a public use park with multiple amenities including playground equipment, pavilion and Bar-B-Que grills.  Centrally located, the city park is a convenient meeting place and recreation area for residents and visitors alike.

The park is available anytime, but use of the pavilion should be scheduled to ensure availability during your event.  To make pavilion reservations, please contact City Hall at  (870) 542-7434 or (870) 542-6234.

The City of Foreman also has a forty-two acre Recreation Park located at 856 N. Highway 41. The recreation park has two regulation ball fields, a one-mile lighted walking trail, playground equipment, and covered canopy with picnic tables. To reserve the ball fields or covered picnic area, contact Tommy McDonald at (615) 630-1338 or City Hall at (870) 542-7434.

The City of Foreman asks that you do drive on the grass and park in designated parking areas. 18-wheelers are not permitted in the parking areas.

The city encourages everyone to enjoy the park while reminding users to tread lightly.  Remember to be courteous and respectful of other park visitors and always clean up any litter left after your activities.  This includes cleaning Bar-B-Que grills after use.

Park facilities are overseen by the Foreman Parks and Recreation committee.  This committee is appointed regularly by the City Council.  For questions or comments, please contact Foreman Parks & Recreation Director Tommy McDonald  at PO Box 10, Foreman, AR  (615) 630-1338.

People love our parks!  Let’s keep it that way!

Utilities

The City of Foreman maintains a water and sewer system for the community.  For more information on how to acquire these services contact Foreman Municipal Waterworks at (870) 542-6234.  The Water department is located inside Foreman City Hall at 209 Schuman Street.


Other utilities are provided by outside companies.  For information on these utilities contact the appropriate company below.  I you have a question that is not covered by one of these companies, please call City Hall at (870) 542-7434.


Southwestern Electric Power Company
P.O. Box 24404
Canton, OH 44701-4404
888-216-3523 or visit us online at www.swepco.com


Walnut Hill Telephone
P.O. Box 729, 120 East First Street
Lewisville AR 71845
800-255-1975 or visit us online at www.WalnutHillTel.com


CenterPoint Energy
P.O. Box 4583
Houston, Texas 77210-4583
800-992-7552 or visit us online at www.centerpointenergy.com


For water service outside the city limits contact:

Little River RDA Water Office

2895 Highway 32 W
Foreman, AR  71836
(870) 542-7701

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