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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.

Recent Articles
  • Pet parrot keeps local man company everywhere he goes

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — This edition of Roy’s Folks is about a local man who has a parrot he takes with him everywhere he goes. The parrot can fly but won’t leave him. Russ Kraus has had Smokie for 14 years. With the exception of grocery stores and restaurants (parrots aren’t allowed by law), Smokie rides around on Russ’ shoulder and is always ready to do a few tricks for a reward.

  • Davidson County couple owns farm with multi-colored worms

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County couple is involved in a unique kind of agriculture — worm farming. James Henderson estimates there are more than 3 million worms at the farm. Even more unique, James and his wife, Robin, farm multi-colored worms. They’ve got yellow, purple, blues — a full rainbow of worms. James says the secret was handed down to him by his Native American ancestry. For more information visit or email

  • Winston-Salem boy provides water, hugs for local garbage truck ‘heroes’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For three-year-old Caleb Gwyn, Wednesdays are a bit like Christmas. Each week, the toddler waits for a City of Winston-Salem garbage truck to come by his house. His fascination began last summer when the family was sitting outside eating a popsicle and the truck pulled up. “The guys were sweating and Caleb instantly jumped up and dropped his popsicle on the ground,” his mother said. ” He went inside and grabbed three bottles of water and went […]

  • Randolph County man makes beautiful, creative wooden boxes

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Randolph County resident Stuart Taylor is never quite sure what he will come up with next. Taylor starts with scrap lumber and creates unique wooden boxes. “I like to be all over the map. My stuff is always very fluid,” he said. “However it comes out, it comes out.” From items in “Harry Potter” to books that could have come out of “Lord of the Rings,” he creates a little bit of everything. He uses his […]

  • GTCC student makes beautiful wood carvings

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — When the weather is nice and he’s got time, you’ll find Lindsay Pendleton sitting on his front porch carving wood. “I like to carve Vikings, I have a couple of Vikings I’m working on now,” Pendleton said. “So, whatever I am in the mood for that moment.” He first got interested in carving when he had to stay home taking care of his sick grandmother. “Anyone who has ever had to take care of someone knows […]

  • Trinity man collected three of Thomasville’s first four fire trucks

    TRINITY, N.C. — One Trinity man has quite the collection. John Holton collected three of Thomasville’s first four fire trucks. He has engine No. 2,  No. 3 and  No. 4 while the city still has engine No.1. Holton has had a fascination since he was a kid. He was on his way home from school in 1956 when he saw engine No. 4 at the station on the day it arrived. Several years ago, he set out to track down […]

  • Davidson County’s Zionettes church choir

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — There is a familiar sound in one part of Davidson county — it’s the choir at Union Chapel at AME Zion Church. “You can’t go anywhere in this area without somebody knowing somebody in the Zionettes,” one singer said. “They are very special.” It all started in 1957 when several singers from the church formed a group. Leroy and George Smith were two of the early members. After half a century, they’re still going strong. “I enjoy it […]

  • Davidson County guitarist, singer becoming a local music legend

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Meet George Washington Smith — a guitarist and singer in Davidson County. Smith picked up a guitar when he was just a kid. A family friend helped him learn the basic chords — E, C, and D. “He measured the guitar about three frets down and put dots on it where my fingers were going to go,” Smith said. He began playing country music, but then came rock and roll. As he got better, bands began […]

  • Winston-Salem barber has been cutting hair for 50 years

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem barber has been cutting hair for 50 years. Mike Wallace went to barber school right out of high school. For 50 years, he has worked at Hawthorne Barber Shop in Winston-Salem. When he started, haircuts were $2 — now, they’re much more. “I don’t want to quit, you get to know people and they become friends, barbering is a social kind of thing,” Wallace says. “Just hanging out and talking to people, it’s a lot […]

  • Local man collects all things Volkswagen

    Tom Landock’s house has a bug infestation — Volkswagen that is. From building RC cars to reconstructing custom cars, he’s into all things Volkswagen. Learn more in Monday’s Roy’s Folks.  

  • Pleasant Garden couple creates unique concrete art

    PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. — A Pleasant Garden couple uses a unique material to create beautiful sculptures — concrete. Bill Carle has spent most of his life pouring and finishing concrete, but it is a physically demanding job that has taken its toll on his body. Now, he and his wife have figured out a way to use the material to create art. “They see the stuff and I kind of explain that it’s in motion,” Julie Carle says. “It’s alive and […]

  • Davidson County bladesmith makes beautiful, creative knives

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — This Davidson County bladesmith learned to make knives the way most of us learn to do things these days — on Youtube. “I hate to say it, but everything I have learned these days has come from Youtube videos or online research,” said Steven Cutting. But he soon realized that Youtube videos can be deceiving. “It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” he said. “I found stuff I put on […]