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Bikers get a tour of Blue Clay Park Trails

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Guides from the Cape Fear Cyclists Club led groups through the Blue Clay Park Trails Saturday afternoon. They explained the history of the park, along with plans for the future. And the future was a bit fuzzy until earlier this week, when an understanding was reached between the Cape Fear Cyclists and New Hanover County.

“There was controversy about who runs the park, who manages the park. New Hanover County owns it, but we want it to be managed by the Cape Fear Cyclists, maintaining the trails, etc,” said Erol Caglarcan of Cape Fear Cyclists.

Cape Fear Cyclists is a volunteer group. They worked hard to build the Blue Clay Park a few years ago. They worked just as hard this month to save it.

The folks who attended Saturday’s open house are just glad everything is going to be worked out. “I liked all the routes and all the hills and bridges. Along the way I saw all these ramps and stuff that looked interesting that I may want to try next time,” Courtney Loughran said.

For a coastal community, Wilmington has a superb mountain bike layout. It is 6 and a half miles worth of trails that include a mile and half beginners loop. “Kids can do it. In fact, we just had a 70 year old woman complete the loop,” said Steve Mangiacapre of Cape Fear Cyclists.

One thing is for sure; you do not have to head to the hills to enjoy mountain bike riding. Just make sure you remember to bring your bike helmet.

The bike park is open every day as long as it’s not too muddy. The next event at the bike park will be a run-bike-run event on October 18th.

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videoThe Blue Clay Mountain Bike Park has been open to cyclists for 2 years now. Lately, just who is responsible for the park has caused some controversy. Saturday, the City of Wilmington and the Cape Fear Cyclists held an open house to showcase the park that has been under scrutiny lately.

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Couple share vows with unique wedding

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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This weekend, Louise and Ed Nobles were married. But it was not just any old wedding. “I want something different,” said Louise. “If we are going to have a wedding, I want to be coming down the river in a boat.”

Louise kayaked down the Lumber River, instead of walking down an aisle. At 80 and 74 years old, Ed and Louise Nobles finally got it right. They wanted to have a unique, Native American wedding.

They met at the Lumber River Campground nearly a year ago, but the story of how they met is a little different, depending on whom you ask.

“We took a little cruise on a golf cart one night, she nudged up against me, I nudged back, next thing you know we had our arms around each other, and we took it from there,” recalls Ed.

Louise said, “You know, I would like to find a nice fishing buddy who will not take advantage of me, and who I can go out with sometime. He said, ‘you don’t have to go any further, he is right here’.”

Surrounded by family and friends, the Nobles began the rest of their life together, right where it started. Walter Ward, the groom’s nephew said, “They’re mighty lucky, they made an excellent pair.”

The couple went through two wedding ceremonies; one, where they exchanged vows and rings, and another, traditional Native American ceremony where they were adorned with symbolic garments.

One tradition is to wrap the bride and groom in rope, and tie seven knots, each symbolizing the seven wonders of life. This is where the term tie the knot originally came from.

Both ceremonies will forever remain in Louise and Ed’s hearts, as they look forward and smile, envisioning their lives together. “One day we’ll be sitting in our rocking chairs, holding hands, and thinking about our day of marriage,” Louise said.

The bride and the groom are both originally from Columbus County.

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videoThe following is a story that proves you can find love at any age. One couple managed to find each other later in life, but their love is stronger than ever.

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San Rio lot owners to sue developer over unfinished Shallotte subdivision

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

A group of angry property owners is going after a major developer over a stalled Caribbean-theme subdivision once planned to contain 2,000 homes in Shallotte.

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First Financial’s net income shows big jump after Cape Fear Bank takeover

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

First Financial Holdings Inc.’s net income jumped in its fiscal third quarter on the strength of a one-time gain connected with its takeover of Cape Fear Bank.

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First fight between Perdue, N.C. lawmakers a biggie

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By GARY D. ROBERTSONAssociated Press

It was startling to see how political relationships deteriorated last week when Gov. Beverly Perdue rejected an across-the-board income tax surcharge that fellow Democrats in the House and Senate had agreed on.

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