Firefighters respond to the McMahon Insurance Agency building on Sunday night. Ocean City firefighters were on the scene Sunday night at the McMahon Insurance Agency building at 901 Simpson Ave. for a report of fire.The large building provides a major commercial presence entering town on the Ninth Street corridor heading downtown. In addition to the family-owned McMahon Insurance Agency, the building serves as the corporate office for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors. One onlooker said smoke was visible, but no flames. This is a developing story. Check back for more information.Firefighters use a ladder truck to check the building for fire.The McMahon Agency is located at 901 Simpson Ave.
As you begin planning your holiday meals, be sure to include some of Georgia’s top commodities. Pecans, blueberries, peanuts and chicken liven up your holiday feast and serve as a celebration of Georgia’s unique agricultural heritage.Here are Georgia’s top 12 commodities and helpful hints on how to incorporate some of Georgia’s top commodities into your holiday.Broilers: Substitute your turkey for a chicken this holiday season. Not everyone enjoys eating turkey, let alone cooking it. A whole roasted chicken can be just as showy as its larger, gobbling cousin and much easier to roast.Beef: The holidays are a time for special meals, right? Consider serving steak for holiday dinner.Cotton: Use cotton in your decorations. Incorporate whole cotton bolls into your centerpieces or in place of the fiberfill “snow” in other holiday displays. Do not use cotton on a Christmas tree – it’s flammable!Eggs: This is a given. You are most likely using eggs in your recipes already. If not, scramble some eggs for an easy holiday breakfast.Timber: Much like cotton, wood can be used to decorate the house. You could also use it to make a fire and to roast marshmallows. Use caution when burning wood outdoors this season. Georgia is facing a drought, and one stray ember could cause your bonfire to spread quickly.Peanuts: Serve peanuts as a snack. You and your guests won’t have to break out the nutcracker to enjoy them. You can also make peanut brittle or peanut butter cookies as a dessert or for gifts. Make sure guests don’t have allergies before using nuts in your holiday meals.Dairy: Santa must have milk with his cookies, right? Chances are you are using one or more dairy products in your holiday recipes, and there’s a good chance those products came from a good, old Georgia cow.Blueberries: While blueberries aren’t exactly in season during December, adding frozen blueberries to pies or muffins can bring some of that summer sunshine to the table, even if it gets dark at 6 p.m.Horses: You’re probably thinking, “How can I use a horse in my holiday meals?” Well, you don’t. The days leading up to a holiday can be stressful. Consider taking the family to go horseback riding. Finding a stable that gives guided rides is a great way to spend time together as a family, even if you’re new to riding.Pecans: No matter how you say it, pecans are one of the highlights of holiday food in Georgia. Use them to make a pecan pie, pecan brittle or cookies. Once again, be sure to check for nut allergies among your guests.Pork: Step outside your turkey comfort zone. Try making a pork roast this holiday season. You can make it in the oven or in the crockpot so you can have more time with your guests.Ornamental plants: Be sure to decorate your house with plants and a live Christmas tree this year. Do not place plants near a fireplace or heat vent. Be sure to water plants and trees. Check for bugs before bringing any plant into your home.For more information about Georgia’s top commodities, visit the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at caes.uga.edu/center/caed.
The Cranes went into the final game on the back of two wins (File Photo)Africa Gold Cup 2018Uganda 18-38 ZimbabweKyadondo Rugby Ground, KampalaSaturday, 18-08-2018Kampala – The Uganda Rugby Cranes ended their 2018 Africa Gold Cup on a low as they were defeated 38-18 by Zimbabwe at Kyadondo.After winning their last two games of the competition at the same venue, it looked like they would see off Zimbabwe but it was not to be.The Cranes got off to a poor start as they conceded an early penalty and seconds later Connor Pritchard powered his way beyound the white wash for the opening try of the tie for the visitors.Down to 14 men with Aaron Ofoyirwoth sin-binned for a dangerous tackle, Rugby Cranes were penalized for diving into the ruck, and a quick tap from Tafadzwa Chitokwindo caught the Cranes sleeping and he sneaked in the second try that Chris Tambwera converted for a 14-00 lead.Byron Oketayot cut the deficit with Uganda’s first try. From a line-out and rolling maul, Oketayot picked the ball and ran through to the try line and Philip Wokorach scored the resulting conversion.Minutes later, Wokorach slotted in a penalty to cut the deficit to 4 points.A few minutes to the beark, Robert Masendi’s poor attempted pass was intercepted by Brendon Mandivenga who raced to the white wash and extend Zimbabwe’s lead to 19-14.At the start of the second half, Zimbabwe increased their lead with Chitokwindo getting in his second try of the game.Uganda went on the attack and Michael Okorach forced one over but Wokorach who had an off day pulled his conversion wide.Wokorach immediatly made amends with a penalty to bring Uganda within six points (18-24).Zimbabwe Sables maintained their Africa Rugby Tier 1A status with a dominant 38-18 win over erratic Uganda Cranes.The Sables needed nothing short of victory to stay afloat and started the game with real intention putting the hosts under pressure early.The Sables then worked the ball through several hands and Shingirai Katsvere was at the end of it scoring a try with just over ten minutes to play.Uganda’s fight back hit a dead end as Shayne Makombe’s try in the 78th minute that Lenience Tambwera convereted put the game to bed for Zimbabwe and secured Tier 1A status.Meanwhile, Namibia defeated Kenya 53-28 to successfully defend the Gold Cup and qualify for next year’s World Cup.However, Kenya can qualify for the World Cup through a global repechage competition that will be played in France.The East African nation will tussle it out with Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.Comments Tags: Africa Gold cup 2018Rugby Cranestop