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Three Utopia track athletes qualify for state


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State qualifier Meagan Cole, who placed third in pole vault competition at the regional meet.

Success abounds at Utopia High School as three students, Jace Bennett, Nicole Duke, and Meagan Cole, emerged from the regional track meet as state qualifiers. 

Jace Bennett vaulted 12 feet, 6 inches, to place second in the pole vault. Nicole Duke placed third in the shot put with her throw of 34 feet, 2 inches, and Meagan Cole finished third in the pole vault with a 9-foot vault. 

Coaches Larry Bonnett, Chad Chamness and Alyssa Culpepper have worked with the track team this season. It is exciting to have participants headed to Austin for the biggest meet of the year. Good luck to all our team members. 

The track team brings our total of state bound teams to four – golf, track, academics and the state champion tennis teams. Our community is proud of all these students for representing our community in a positive manner.

Book Launch

Utopia’s history has not always been fun and productive. In 1925 a tragic event happened that no one thought could take place in a peaceful community like ours. The janitor at the big two-story school, located just west of the tennis courts, apparently had a mental breakdown one night and shot a young mother of five children on the porch of her home. Then the troubled janitor returned to the school and burned it to the ground while he was inside. 

Linda Jones Weber, a resident of Oregon, is the granddaughter of the woman so pointlessly killed on that night and has studied Utopia’s history in depth. She has written a book of fiction based on this story called “Finding Utopia.” Weber asked to come to Utopia to launch her book and also donate the sales to the community.

The Sabinal Canyon Museum agreed to host the gathering and the funds raised will benefit the veterans’ memorial ordered for the Town Square. All of this explanation serves to invite everyone to the museum on Sunday afternoon, June 11, from 1-3 p.m. to meet Weber, hear her discussion of the book, and enjoy refreshments. 

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State qualifier Nicole Duke (right), who placed third in shot put competition at the regional meet.

Around Town

May is most always a favorite month in the canyon. Hopefully, promises of more rain to come will actually fill the river and this summer will be more enjoyable than the last couple of super hot ones. May is exciting for Utopia High School seniors with lots of parties prior to graduation night. 

May also brings the Utopia Ranch Rodeo to town on Memorial Day weekend at our beautiful park arena.  College graduations are also on the calendar and congratulations to Calsey Kay, Utopia High School 2019 valedictorian, who graduates from Texas A&M University this week with a Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution engineering.  I recently traveled to Waco for my grandson Carson Oefinger’s graduation from Texas State Technical College. 

We also know that May can bring some stormy weather and, since I have the promise of the best tomato crop I’ve ever grown, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the red and yellow beauties actually make it to my dinner table.

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State qualifier Jace Bennett (right), who placed second in pole vault competition at the regional meet.