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Like many of knew Roland Hall, I was shocked to hear of his resignation from the Roseboro Town Board. But more importantly, I was sadden to here of his resignation.

Over the last few years, I have gotten to know some things about Roland Hall. I’ve gotten to know him by watching him do things as Mayor and as a Roseboro Town Commissioner. I’ve gotten to know him by interacting with him on some personal matters.

I’ve seen him do things that most elected officials would never do. I’ve seen him time and time again cut grass while riding a tractor lawnmower. I have looked out of my office window at the Roseboro Nutrition Site and seen him pick up and haul off trash. I’ve seen him make repairs with his bare hands to the Roseboro Community Building. I’ve also seen him lend a helping hand to many in need regardless of their race or status in town. I am sure there are many other things Roland has done for Roseboro that I and many others have not seen.

But the most important thing that I have seen of Roland Hall is that he had a vision for the town of Roseboro. I have oftentimes, silently, disagreed with certain aspects of his vision for the town, but at least he had one and was dedicated to it.

His dedication to his vision was energized by his unfailing love for the Town of Roseboro. From my perspective, there is no one who could possibly love the Town of Roseboro more than Roland Hall and the same goes for his faithful wife, Mable.

Roseboro is a small town with limited financial resources. Business have left or closed down. More than half of downtown is comprised of empty buildings. Job are few and many of our young people often leave for greener pastures in other towns or cities. The Town’s infrastructure needs revamping. But despite those daunting issues and more, the Town of Roseboro has not perished because of the vision of Roland Hall. We are all grateful for his service and we should all aspire to love the Town of Roseboro as he did.

Gilbert Owens


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