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Qualifying for partisan offices begins April 28


Qualifying for partisan Democrat and Republican offices opens at 9 a.m. on April 28 and closes at noon on May 2.

Republicans will qualify at the office of Sherry T. Barnes, the chairman of the Richmond County Republican Party, 505 Courthouse Lane.

Democrat candidates will qualify at Democratic Party headquarters at 1101 Greene St. from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays and until noon on May 2.

Partisan offices on the ballot: Sheriff, tax commissioner, coroner, State Court solicitor, chief judge, Civil and Magistrate Court; presiding judge, Civil and Magistrate Court.

For qualifying fee information, contact the Richmond County Board of Elections Office at (706) 821-2340.

District attorney, Superior Court judge, Georgia Senate and Georgia House of Representatives are state offices and will qualify in Atlanta. For more information, contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (404) 656-2871.

Qualifying for nonpartisan offices opens June 23 at 9 a.m.and closes at noon June 27 at the Board of Elections office, 530 Greene Street, Room 104.

ASL class for teens to be taught at MCG

The Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center will offer a course in American Sign Language for teens on four Saturdays, beginning April 19.

The class will meet from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Children's Medical Center's first-floor classroom. The cost is $30. For more information, call (706) 721-6929 or visit

Brown's children will pay if they interfere

James Brown's children may end up paying if they try to stop the sale of their father's belongings.

After the two court-appointed attorneys overseeing James Brown's estate complained that the children were interfering with the auction to be held by New York-based Christie's, Judge Jack Early has ordered that the sale continue and that anyone who tries to stop it pay for losses up to $2 million.

Court papers filed late last week by Robert Buchanan say that five of Mr. Brown's children were "directly and intentionally interfering" with court orders for the auction, which is to be held by Aug. 1.

Court papers say that the singer's children have so far refused to pay $400,000 in overdue estate taxes they owe.

-- From staff reports