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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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    Piedmont family raise tilapia with indoor fish farm

    CEDAR GROVE, N.C. —  A family farm outside Mebane raises a very unusual crop. The Taylor family are fish farmers and they raise tilapia with the highest organic standards and sell them to national stores like Whole Foods and Publix. The fish are raised indoors in a specially designed building with multiple tanks and a hi-tech filtration system. They raise between two and three hundred thousand pounds of tilapia each year and say it would take a hundred acres of water to […]

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    Randleman man bought a Model T replica for his dogs

    RANDLEMAN, N.C. — Our pets have a way of becoming like members of the family, but a Randleman man went a step further and bought his dogs their own vehicle. Jerry Christopher loves cars, so he and his wife decided to buy a Ford Model T replica to give his two dogs a ride. Learn more in today’s Roy’s Folks.

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    Chatham County man grows pawpaw fruit

    CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Pawpaw is a term normally used as an endearing name for your grandfather, but as one Chatham County man showed FOX8’s Roy Ackland, it’s also a delicious fruit. The fruit can be found in much of the country, including North Carolina. But because it normally grows in the wild, not a lot of people know about it. The pawpaw fruit, typically green or black in color, is described as having the consistency of a mango or […]

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    Traveling hootenanny combines music and culture

    As the sun goes down, the music and social gathering begins. The people come bearing musical instruments and food to an event called a traveling hootenanny. Vance Archer is the leader and he does everything he can to foster music and create an inviting atmosphere for all. Learn more in today’s Roy’s Folks.

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    Spruce Pine family saves historic apple orchard

    SPRUCE PINE, N.C. — On the crest of the Blue Ridge Parkway lies a beautiful orchard, just perfect for area’s unique landscape and history. The Orchard at Alta Pass in Spruce Pine has been around for a long, providing people everywhere with fresh apples, good music, and hometown comforts. Since Bill and Judy Carson bought it in the 1990s, they were afraid development would change the landscape – instead, it’s been preserved. Learn more in today’s Roy’s Folks. For more […]

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    Greensboro woman creates ‘Itty Bitty Animals’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — When she retired, Greensboro resident Susan Weimeri decided to start a new business that creates hand-sewn animals. The business is called ‘Itty Bitty Animals,’ and Weimeri creates these unique creatures by hand – offering each with a unique name and rescue story. For more information, visit her website at www.ittybittyanimals.com. Learn more in today’s Roy’s Folks.

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    Man makes ‘Woodrow’ instruments

    One of Roy’s Folks makes a kind of  traditional style instrument he calls a “Woodrow.” He will be one of the vendors who will be demonstrating and selling during the National Folk Festival this week.

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    Davidson County girl cares for turtles, calls her backyard “Turtle Town”

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A girl in Davidson County has a thing about turtles. Ashley Hale has pet turtles living in her backyard in an area she calls “Turtle Town.” She said that several years ago her dad brought home turtles that he rescued from a construction site and she has continued to collect them ever since. “I just love my turtles,” Hale says.

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    Winston-Salem man plays Indian Classical Music

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gaurang Doshi plays an ancient Indian instrument called the Sarod. He grew up in India and his father also played the instrument, performing for more than 60 years. Doshi said the Sarod is hard to learn initially, but once you begin to figure it out, the sky is the limit with how creative you can be. Now, he wants to pass on the art form to the next generation – beginning with his kids.

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    Asheboro artist teaches others to paint simplistically

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — This place draws a crowd… or more accurately, the crowd comes to draw and paint. Nikki Cherry, the owner of the Preppy Possum in Asheboro, offers a place for people to come and let their creativity take over. Her style, unique and simple, normally focuses on animals, humans and of course, flowers. “I teach it by breaking it down into simple shapes so that people are intimidated,” she said. She started showcasing her art at small shows […]

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    Jamestown man owns a vintage audio equipment store

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — In a little shop in Jamestown, tucked behind two reds doors, is a store where you can hear the sounds of yesterday. The store provides buyers with quality audio equipment, vinyl and accessories from the 1920s through 1980s. “There’s a lot of people out there who are getting back into this,” said Vintage Audio Exchange owner Ed Parks… “You get the lows and the highs, and everything in between.” He knows a lot about music because he […]

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    Jamestown man has a passion for woodwork

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Jamestown resident Gary Coke never did workwood until he retired. He says he learned the basic skills from the internet and began buying equipment. “I started off making cutting boards, it was a reasonably easy thing to learn,” Coke said. “I found a passion and I really enjoy it.” He has a computerized milling machine that helps him create unique items. “I think it’s the ability to take a raw piece of wood and make it into […]