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Roy Ackland was born in London, England, and came to WGHP in 1987 from Huntsville, Alabama. He is “Roy” of Roy’s Folks, a popular FOX8 News feature that since 1988 has introduced his audience to some of the most interesting people in the Piedmont and beyond.

The “Roy’s Folks” series on has won several Emmy Awards and Roy continues to look for ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Roy and producer David Weatherly have also been recognized by the “North Carolina Society of Historians” for their work capturing and preserving the state’s rich history.

Roy began his broadcasting career in 1958 in Waco, Texas, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in Radio-TV-Film from Baylor University. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Roy has held a commercial pilot license and skippered a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska.

Roy enjoys fishing, writing and driving his Jeep on dusty back roads.


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    Graham man makes feathered friend after saving baby bird

    GRAHAM, N.C. — We have a very heartwarming story in this edition of Roy’s Folks about a Graham man who had a baby bird show up in is backyard. The little bird was hungry and all alone. Steve Eubanks didn’t want to interfere with nature by taking the bird inside and making him captive. Instead he decided to leave him out in the yard and just feed him. Within a few weeks the bird was nearly grown and quite healthy and […]

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    Bluebird trail at Cedarock Park in Alamance County

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a  bluebird trail located at Cedarock Park in Alamance County. Many years ago, a woman named Francis Outhwaite started putting up bluebird houses in the park and the bluebird population has flourished. Every year, over a hundred bluebirds are fledged at the park. A group of volunteers keeps track of the birds, counting active nests, number of eggs and babies and how many fledge. The records are then sent to […]

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    Archdale man has incredible Zippo collection

    ARCHDALE, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet an Archdale man who collects Zippo cigarette lighters. The Zippo once dominated the cigarette lighter business before disposable lighters started being used for convenience. One of Roy’s Folks started collecting Zippos because they were small and would not take up much room. But eventually his collection took over an entire room in his house. Now he has over 4,000 of the little fire producing rectangular boxes.

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    Randolph County woman creates jewelry out of aluminum

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a woman who will be set up demonstrating and selling her handmade jewelry during the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion. She and many other artist and crafters will be there.

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    Alamance County man in the Farm Toy Hall of Fame

    ALAMANCE COUNTY N.C. — An Alamance County man is not just a farm toy collector, he’s in the Farm Toy Hall of Fame. Yes there is such a place and he’s in it! You’ll know why when you watch this edition of Roy’s Folks.

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    Local man chronicles banjo history in new book

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a Lexington man who has spent his life playing and researching the origins and evolution of the banjo. Now he has a new book out that covers the history of the instrument.

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    Davie County woman grows, sells lavender

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — One of the main things most of us love about being out in the country is taking a deep breath of fresh air. And there is one of Roy’s Folks who says you can now take some of that wonderful aroma home with you. She sells her lavender at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market on Saturdays. You can find out more on her website, hausercreekfarm.com. The farm is also quite a popular venue for weddings.

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    Triad woman designs and builds kaleidoscopes

    Sue Davis had a fascination with kaleidoscopes beginning at a young age. Now, she designs and builds them.

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    Local high school students form ‘Carolina Crossing’

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet some Winston-Salem high school buddies who formed a band they call “Carolina Crossing.” The group started as mostly a bluegrass band but now plays just about everything. They will be playing at the Muddy Creek Music Hall on Thursday night. All the guys except one goes to Reynolds High School; the other goes to Reagan.

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    Davidson County man finds way to protect purple martins from hawks

    MIDWAY, N.C. — In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet a man who lives in the Davidson County town of Midway and has a huge gathering of purple martins. Every year Tim Hiatt hangs 120 gourds on poles behind his house to attract the birds and with a pair of birds in each gourd there are a bunch of birds flying around all the time. They are tempting targets for hawks who prey on the purple martins. He is a […]

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    ‘EbFest’ set for Saturday in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is tied to an even that will take place in High Point this Saturday. It’s called “EbFest.” It’s a tribute to High Point native Eban Carter, who was a talented musician and chef. Money raised from the event will benefit the Southwest Renewal Foundation of High Point. The event will feature live music from “The Carter Brothers,” “The Peace Train Band,” “Turpentine Shine,” “The McKinney Gap Band” and “John Hofmann’s AcousticA.” In […]

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    Piedmont man documents life growing up on large family farm in early to mid-1900s

    In 1913, a young Yadkin County married couple acquired an existing old log cabin, disassembled it, moved it to family property and reassembled it. That couple would go on to raise 12 children. The youngest of the 12 has moved the cabin again and restored it. The old log cabin means a lot to the family and represents a snapshot of farm life in the early to mid-1900s. Cleve Hollar, former superintendent of Yadkin County Schools, says restoring the old […]

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