Quick Takes

PUBLISHED: A Weirton native has published his first book, “The Flexible Constitution.”

Sean Wilson, who practiced law in the Northern Panhandle for 10 years before becoming a college professor in 2004, said the book “represents an alternative to the views popularly espoused by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on what the U.S. Constitution means and how it should be read.”

“Because the document was written in plain language and with simple terms that are not defined in the body of the text, it is an inherently flexible piece of law,” he said. “In essence, the Constitution only asks that we follow flexible ideas, which, by their own terms, can be followed in more than one way.

Wilson, son of Circuit Judge Ronald Wilson, has been teaching at Wright State University in Dayton for about five years and was unanimously approved for tenure last month.

He previously worked at Penn State University for three years.

A 1985 graduate of Weir High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1990 and his law degree in 1993, opening his own law practice the following year.

NEW JOB: Jodi Bertram Smathers, daughter of Bob and Loretta Bertram of Toronto, has accepted the position of program manager for Nationwide Children’s Hospital C4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Columbus.

The unit specializes in broncho pulmonary cysphasia and operates at maximum capacity around the clock.

In January, she also was appointed program manager for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Float Pool, consisting of nurses that travel throughout the eight Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Central Ohio.

Smathers worked as a nursing assistant at Nationwide Childrens while attending nursing school in 1989.

She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Ohio State University in 1992. She also received her certification in forensic nursing in 2003.

She assisted with the grand opening of the Dublin Methodist Nationwide Children’s Special Care Nursery in 2008, and went on to receive her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in leadership and management from Walden University in 2010.

She resides in Pickerington with her husband, Chris, and their three children.

IMPACTS: An informational session on the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act and its impact on small business will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner.

PPACA is a federal statute signed into law in March 2010 aimed at decreasing the number of uninsured and reducing the overall costs of health care.

Scott Pipes of Pipes Insurance Mark Fearon of Rea & Associates will be presenters for the two-hour session that will focus on employers’ responsibilities as they relate to the PPACA and subsequent tax impacts. A brief question-answer session will follow.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $10 for members of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and $15 for nonmembers.

Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are advised to register in advance by contacting Deanne Conrad at the chamber by calling (740) 282-6226 or by e-mailing her at dconrad@jeffersoncountychamber.com.