Monday, September 19, 2011

ATV Claims Another Child/Never Trust a Sorcerer

Noah Lane Trapp, son of Brad and Leann Trapp, has become another underage victim of an All Terrain Vehicle. The eight year-old Phil Campbell youth died a short distance from his residence on Hwy 34 in Franklin County. Children do not belong on an adult ATV, if they belong on any at all. Yet it seems no matter how many youths die, parents still allow their children to ride them. If you should be tempted to let your child ride such a vehicle, please remember Noah Trapp and Misty Robbins first, then make your decision.

Related post: Misty Kay Robbins


We'll be highlighting local citizens in the arts this week; our first is author L. R. Barrett-Durham. Many may know Barrett-Durham as Leia Barrett-Durham. From her bio:

Leia Renee Barrett-Durham was born and raised in the Shoals. She graduated from Central High School and Northwest Shoals Community College with a CIS Degree. She currently works at Listerhill Credit Union as a Network Technician, but also runs a home business called Wildcat Mountain Artistry, http:\\\wildcatmtnartistry, where she makes custom stained glass windows and original oil paintings. She is married to James Durham, from Cherokee, and has one son, Patrick. They have lived in Cherokee since 2002. Leia has always enjoyed writing and is currently working on the sequel to Never Trust a Sorcerer, which she says is about 1/3 of the way finished.

Book signings are in the works for the Cherokee Public Library, Coldwater Books and K's Cove!


A special promotion from Ms. Durham:

On September 17th, 2011, Cherokee resident, Leia Durham, published Never Trust a Sorcerer, under the pen name L R Barrett-Durham. This is the first novel in a long series from this new local author.

Never Trust a Sorcerer is an epic fantasy novel comparable to Lord of the Rings or Eragon. Dancing scimitars, political intrigue, not to mention dwarves, elves, barbarians, and a little bit of romance. Leia would like to offer Shoalanda Speaks readers a special discount of $2.00 of the list price.

To order Never Trust a Sorcerer, please go to: and enter in discount code: E3K3KM7K. This offer will be available until October 17th 2011, so order now! Support this up and coming local author! You can find Leia at, where you will find updates on book signings and new works.

Many thanks, Leia, for offering our readers this promotion!