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Canton biscuit maker finishes strong

Canton resident Chris Sellers competed recently in the final round of Bojangles’ 18th annual Master Biscuit Maker Challenge at the company’s Test Kitchen in Charlotte.

Sellers is a biscuit-maker at the Bojangles’ on Champion Drive in Canton. 

He was one of only nine biscuit-makers to advance to the final round of the competition to determine Bojangles’ top biscuit-maker of all Bojangles’ franchised restaurants. To make it to the final round, Sellers’ biscuits earned the highest scores in his restaurant, area and regional level buttermilk biscuit-making competition. 

Sellers didn’t win but took home a Master Biscuit Maker Finalist trophy, a $250 cash prize and bragging rights.


Jackson Chamber holds holiday reception

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce held its Holiday Reception Nov. 20 at the Comfort Inn in Sylva. 

About 150 Jackson County Chamber of Commerce members, partners, friends, ambassadors and board members came out to celebrate another great year at the chamber. Everyone enjoyed socializing over drinks and tasty treats from member restaurants Half Past and Zaxby’s. Incoming and outgoing chamber board members were recognized, as were Ambassadors. Door prizes provided by members were given out and everyone made donations to the Jackson County Department on Aging’s Operation Christmas Box.


Cashiers chamber recognizes community leaders 

The Cashiers Chamber of Commerce has created a new community advisory board comprised of public sector, education and business leaders to address specific economic and community development efforts.

The Inaugural members are: Dr. David Belcher, Chancellor of Western Carolina University; Chief Randy Dillard of the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department; Dan Harbaugh of the Tuckaseigee Water & Sewer Authority; Commissioner Mark Jones of Jackson County; Karen Sullivan of Remax/Summit Properties representing the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley; and Chief Roy Taylor of Blue Ridge Public Safety.  

The Cashiers chamber dished out its annual awards at a recent banquet, including Businessperson of the Year to Jim Zoller of Zoller Hardware.

The Cashiers chamber has also installed its officers for the coming year. Robin Tindall-Taylor of the Highlands Cashiers Hospital Foundation will serve as president, Mary Alice Grant of Sounds Essential will serve as president-elect, and Will Madden of Macon Bank will serve as treasurer. Debby Hattler of Hattler Properties and Mountain Lake Rentals was installed as a newly-elected director.


Get your packing in ship shape

The Ship Haus, a one-stop shop for packing and shipping needs, is up and running in Waynesville and Sylva just in time for the holidays.

The Ship Haus stores offer convenient packing and shipping from one location. Their seasonal motto: “Get your ship together for the holidays.” The Ship Haus will offer the full range of FedEx services. It is a division of The Print Haus, which recently joined forces with Old Style Printing. With the addition of The Ship Haus, they will now be providing an even wider range of services including full service printing, copying, on-site design services, signs and banners, faxing, laminating, coilbinding and direct mail.

The Ship Haus is located at 641 N. Main St. in Waynesville (828.456.4287) and 509 Asheville Hwy., Suite B, Sylva (828.586.4287) or


Help shape Haywood’s economic development blueprint

The Haywood County Chamber and Economic Development Council have created an industry and business survey for evaluating the Haywood County business environment. 

The results and recommendations will be used to assist in developing long-range business retention and expansion planning for the Haywood County business community. It will provide a blueprint and action plan for the chamber as it takes over the lead role of economic development functions from county government.

The survey only takes a few minutes and can be found at

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