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On January 21, students from the North Carolina Karate Club had the opportunity to train and test under 8th degree black belt Shigeru Takashina. Master Takashina is the chief instructor for the South Atlantic Karate Association, a graduate of the Japan Karate Association Instructor School and from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan.

After warming up with kihon (basics), Master Takashina led students in practical application of self-defense techniques. Students learned how to use the basic techniques they had learned and apply them to real life situations.


More than 400 people attended Franklin Fitness Center's “Extreme Makeover” Open House on Jan. 22, which included live music, lunch, giveaways and live radio interviews.

Several prizes were awarded to Open House attendees.


The Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, PA announces the addition of Dr. Gretchen Lawrence to its practice.

Dr. Lawrence is a native of Greensboro, N.C. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, where she graduated with a degree in Biology in an impressive three years.


Heart disease continues to be the most significant killer in North Carolina, even beating out various forms of cancer. But in honor of February Heart Health Month, we will be publishing informative articles about the heart and steps you can take to improve cardiovascular health. —Editor

Think you know about your heart?

Your doctor may disagree. Cardiovascular medicine faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say they’ve heard plenty of myths about heart disease — and patients who believe them may be at increased risk because of the misinformation.


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