Nestled in the western portion of Sampson County, just between N.C. 24 and N.C. 242, the town of Roseboro serves as the home to more than 1,400 residents.
The town’s motto, “Take Root and Bloom,” says it all about the quaint little town. Many residents say they feel it’s the perfect place to call home, conveniently located just down the road from Fayetteville and centrally situated between Raleigh and the coast.
Many of Roseboro’s residents say they enjoy a slower pace, friendly people, and walkable neighborhoods — making the town the perfect place for them to live and call home. The town is governed by a mayor and five commissioners, with a town hall and town employees available to serve the residents.
Roseboro is home to many local businesses, as well as two public schools — Roseboro Elementary School and Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School. Located in the town is Western District Park, a part of the Sampson County Recreation Department.
According to Roland Hall, former mayor and town commissioner, the town of Roseboro is an ideal place because it offers its residents almost everything they need. Hall said there are drug stores, grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and much more right at the fingertips of the western town’s citizens.
“You got most everything you need here,” Hall asserted, pride in his town evident in the lilt of his voice.
Hall, who isn’t originally from the Roseboro area, moved to the town in 1992 and immediately began serving on the town board, ultimately serving for 22 years. For 18 of those years, Hall said he served in the town as a commissioner before taking the mayor’s post for four years.
“Roseboro is full of very friendly people,” Hall noted.
Current mayor and former commissioner David Alexander reiterated Hall’s words, attributing the success of the western town to the dedicated commissioners who have served and are serving the town.
“If the citizens would come to a STEP meeting and see how much that program has helped the town of Roseboro, they would be pleased,” Alexander said. “I’m so proud of what they program has done.”
The N.C. STEP (Small Towns Economic Prosperity) program was initiated in June 2012 to create a long-term economic development strategic plan and implementation strategy for the town. The program is designed for municipalities with fewer than 7,500 people, either within the state’s 85 rural counties or within urban counties defined as economically distressed by the N.C. Department of Commerce.
In addition to the STEP program benefiting the town, Alexander said the commissioners work hard to serve their residents.
“They have been what has made Roseboro grow,” Alexander said. “Just look around and see how great Roseboro is.”
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