Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero will honor veterans and support the Cabot JROTC during football season. First Arkansas Bank and Trust will be collaborating, along with the Cabot Panther Foundation, on this heartwarming program. 


October, 12, 2018 Honoree: Robert "Buddy" Merritt
Robert E. Merritt is being honored as a Cabot Panther Foundation and First Arkansas Bank and Trust Hometown Hero.

Merritt served his country for 15 years of active duty as a Material Handling Supervisor in the United States Air Force from 1980 - 1995
His assignments include Lackland and Sheppard Air Force Bases in TX, Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, Osan Air Base Korea, Columbus Air Force Base MS, Nellis Air Force Base NV and he also worked with the United States Air Force -117A.

Merritt assisted with Stealth Fighter Development from 1985-1989
He served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm 1992-1993

His many awards include:
Air Force Marksmanship with 1 Bronze Star Air Force Training
Air Force Longevity with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Overseas Short Tour
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
Air Force Organizational Excellence
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Achievement with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

Buddy and his family operate Mean Pig BBQ in Cabot.

October, 5, 2018 Honoree: Chief Master Sergeant Mickey Spillane
Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Spillane served each of us and his country for 30 years of active duty as a Loadmaster all over the world and deployed multiple times to support operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Assignment history includes:
1983 Little Rock AR
1988 Germany
1990 Hurlburt Field FL
1996 Kirtland AFB NM
2001 Little Rock AF

Spillane was awarded MSM, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Commendation, Achievement Medal, Humanitarian, Combat Action Medal, Air Force Lance P. Sijan Leadership (SNCO), MacKay Trophy (Most meritorious AF Flight of the Year) Doolittle Trophy Air Force AMC Crew of the Year, Air Force Loadmaster of the Year

Chief Spillane is the owner of Spillane Enterprises, a board member of the Veteran service organization the Arkansas Freedom Fund, a member of the Cabot Lions Club, and active with the Cabot Chamber of Commerce.

Chief Spillane was married to Tanya Spillane, The former principal of the Cabot Freshman Academy and the love of his life is his daughter Sydney, a Cabot High School Graduate and a junior at Oklahoma State University.

August 31, 2018 Honoree: Col Bill Kehler
Colonel Bill Kehler is being honored as a Cabot Panther Foundation / First Arkansas Bank and Trust Hometown Hero. Colonel Bill Kehler served each of us and his country for 30 years of active duty as a pilot with over 800 hours of combat flying experience spanning across five tours in Southeast Asia.  Colonel Kehler was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 12 Air Medals, and two Legions of Merit.  Colonel Keller was Installation and Wing Commander at Little Rock Air Force Base from 1983-1985 and served as Cabot

High School's Senior Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor from1990-2003 and was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Colonel Kehler is a Life Member of 12 Veterans organizations, a Cabot Panther Foundation Super Booster, and a newlywed.


Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746