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In This Issue: 'Up Front' Episodes for Uncertain Times

Sep 01, 2020 08:30AM ● By Jason Huddle

Jason Huddle, Publisher

The word for this year is “pivot”. I’ve heard that word a lot on Zoom calls lately. It is something we all have had to do because of the pandemic, and this magazine is no exception. When we put together our editorial calendar almost a year ago, we had planned to bring you stories of Cabarrus County’s expansion this month. We were going to talk about how the old Philip Morris plant is once again in use by companies like Carvana. We were also going to talk about Harrisburg bursting at the seams and how Midland and Locust are finally putting themselves on the map. But, as you know, everything ground to a halt in March. Plans are on hold. Yes, construction is still happening, but the excitement for these projects is not at the forefront of people’s minds, and we get that.

What is on people’s minds are things like safety, a desperate need for encouragement and the turmoil in our county. These are the things people want to talk about. Fortunately, on our podcast, Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine, hosted by yours truly, we’ve been covering these topics.

In April, we talked to Pastor Dale Jenkins, of New Hope Worship Center in Concord, to try to get some answers as to why this is happening, as well as some encouragement for our spirits. We also spoke with local expert, Tom cooper, on tips to work from home effectively, which many are still doing.

Finally, in June, we had some very real conversation about race relations with two African American men in our community, Sam Dozier and Adul El Ali. Read what happens when people actually sit down and listen to each other.

I should also mention these episodes are edited for brevity for the purposes of this print edition. I would encourage you to dial up Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine on your favorite podcast platform and give a listen to these episodes. You can also visit and click on the “podcast” tab at the top of the page. There, you can listen to every episode in existence.

We realize podcasts aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, but the things said during the episodes featured in this month’s issue deserve to be read, if not listened to. I truly hope you will do just that.


Jason Huddle

September, 2020: Up Front Episodes for Uncertain Times

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