MILLWOOD - The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on Thursday that included guest speaker Marty Wright, the West Virginia Deputy Attorney General.

Wright, who was representing Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, spoke eloquently about issues affecting business in Jackson County and the State of West Virginia.

Wright applauded the 2.9 percent growth in employment numbers over the last year that found Jackson County among the state of West Virginia’s leaders in business development. This is largely due to the manufacturing industry and these numbers should continue to grow with the addition of corporations like Carbonyx setting up shop within the county.

Wright expressed that the Attorney General’s office is dedicated to reviewing regulations that affect the lives of all West Virginians.

“We are particularly interested in taking a hard look at regulations and preventing federal overreach when it pertains to our state. West Virginia is looking to be more independent and less reliant on federal money,” said Wright.

Wright spoke of his own office enduring a recent audit and that more auditing provides a stronger and healthier infrastructure for West Virginia.

“We are dedicated to more open audits on all state agencies,” he added.

Wright fielded questions from attendees pertaining to state audits and the current water crisis involving Freedom Industries.

Wright walked a narrow high wire when responding to the water crisis (American Water) but with careful syntax, answered questions with great detail.

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Program Director Brenda Mobley, along with Chamber president Cinda Francis, presented checks to area food pantries. Director Rhonda Shaffer from Ravenswood’s No Hunger Food Pantry and Director Judy Sheets of The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry in Ripley was present to accept the contributions for their organizations.

The donations were the results of a fundraiser held at Cedar Lakes and from a raffle that was made possible by a contribution from 84 Lumber Company in Ripley.

A check was presented to Ravenswood Mayor Michael Ihle for the use of preserving and maintaining Riverfront Park. Constellium held a fundraiser for the popular city park and the proceeds were the source of the contribution.

Read about future Jackson County Chamber of Commerce events in future editions of Jackson Newspapers.