International Overdose Awareness Day was Thursday, Aug. 31. Angi Grider thinks every day should be Overdose Awareness Day.
The Bigger Township woman is doing her part to raise awareness - and then some. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, she put up an eye-catching purple-colored display in her family's yard to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. She plans to keep the display up for a week.
"I don't know how many people will see it, but some will," Grider said. "Next year, maybe we can put a display in a higher-traffic area."
Like many in Jennings County and throughout the nation, Grider has been affected by the drug and overdose epidemic - more so than most people. She has two stepdaughters who are recovering heroin addicts and is helping raise their children.
His previous experience as a professional bass player is in rock 'n' roll - alternative rock, to be precise. "I never dreamed I'd be in a country band," Marty Hull said with a chuckle. It's not just any country band, either. Southern Compromise is headed to the finals of the Battle of the Bands, a high-caliber competition this Saturday at the 8 Seconds Saloon, which actually is a large concert hall, in Indianapolis. "This is a very big deal for us," said Mike Barnes, lead guitarist. "It could lead to a recording contract and more. We're pumped." Formed only about a year ago, Southern Compromise is made up of six musicians and vocalists all from the North Vernon area. Along with Hull and Barnes, the lineup includes Jeremy Decueber on drums, Hobie Shaver on keyboards, Greyson Stamper on guitar and Mitchell Childress on lead vocals and guitar. Monday, August 21, 2017