LOOKING FOR A LEADER — The Wise County Democratic Party will have an open meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the courtroom of the Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., in Decatur. The Executive Committee will accept nominations and elect a new Democratic Party chairperson to fill the unexpired term being vacated on Aug. 19. Current party chair Mark York is moving out of Wise County. The unexpired term ends in November of 2014.
OFFICE CLOSING — Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson’s office will closed Friday for legislative update training. All court business will be granted an extension until Monday, Aug. 19. General information may be found at www.co.wise.tx.us/jp2.
VENDORS NEEDED — The Paradise Historical Society is now accepting vendor applications for the Main Street Festival to be held Sept. 28, 2013, in downtown Paradise. Vendors may download a vendor form at www.paradisehistoricalsociety/events or call (940) 969-3680.
GIVING CLOTHES — The Closet, an outreach to provide used clothes to the citizens of Alvord, will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It’s located in the portable building behind the old middle school, on the U.S. 81/287 access road.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES — Fall registration for new and returning students at Weatherford College Wise County continues through Friday, Aug. 23. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/schedules-catalogs. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 26. Call the college at (940) 627-2690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL — The First United Methodist Church in Boyd will hold an ice cream social 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The church will hand out school supplies for the first 100 people who need them.
BLOOD DRIVE — The Decatur Rotary Club will sponsor a Carter BloodCare blood drive at noon Friday at CVS Pharmacy in Decatur.
ASSOCIATION MEETING — The Bridgeport Youth Association will hold a meeting 6:30 tonight at the Community Center (1102 Lawdwin Ave.) to discuss upcoming sports season and board and commissioner elections.
SAVE THE DATE — The third annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion grounds in Decatur. This year’s event will also include a 5K run. For more information, visit chisholmtrailsteakchallenge.com or call Stephanie at (214) 683-1766.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD — Tonight’s Decatur School Board agenda includes a report on the preliminary Performance Index Summary, which Superintendent Rod Townsend explained is the new accountability information formally known as AEIS. The board will also consider changing its regular meeting dates and hear another budget update. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a closed session followed by the public session at the administration building.
CORRECTION — A midweek Messenger story, “Commissioners dig through budget numbers,” mistakenly indicates that raises for elected officials and county employees are in question. In fact, the four commissioners are planning to refuse their own raises for fiscal year 2014, but they have not rescinded the raises given to others.
FUNERAL — Service for Joseph L. Farrington, 47, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Dawson Cemetery in Chico.