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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    Jamestown man makes art out of beer bottle caps

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — A Jamestown man has an impressive collection of beer bottle caps. Mike Valle says he has somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000. He started collecting them when he was in college, before coming up with the idea of turning them into art. Since his first recreation of the Mona Lisa, he’s done many different pieces of art. “I stay up late at night trying to figure them out sometimes,” he said. So far, he’s used 30,000 bottle caps […]

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    Montgomery County nonprofit creates beautiful glass ornaments

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. — Here, everyday is a little bit like Christmas. Starworks Glass Lab, a nonprofit in Montgomery County, has a goal of improving the local economy with art. Each year, the organization’s talented glass artists make hand-blown glass ornaments for a fundraiser. “We try to make several thousand,” said Thoryn Ziemba. “Each one is unique and part of that is shape and color but there are up to six glass makers here at any time and they are […]

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    Germanton woman makes beautiful baskets out of kudzu

    GERMANTON, N.C. — Kudzu is an invasive vine that is almost impossible to get rid of, but one Germanton woman is using it in a unique way. Pam Buchannon discovered several decades ago that the vine was perfect for making baskets. “My husband and I went to Asheville on one of those bed and breakfast, sign up for a class type of things,” she said. The class was on how to make a basket. Since then she perfected her skills […]

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    Greensboro restaurant sells turkey barbecue

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — One restaurant in Greensboro is thinking a little outside the box to create an appealing and somewhat surprising type of barbeque. North Carolina is known for its pork barbecue. Hickory Tree BBQ decided to do something a little different — turkey barbecue. “I always tell people, yes, we have the audacity to sell be a barbecue restaurant in North Carolina and not sell pork,” said one employee. Hickory Tree BBQ is located at 2804 Randleman Road in […]

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    Davidson County woman makes beautiful felt figures

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Meet a Davidson County woman who makes really cool figures out of wool. The technique is called “needle felting” and she starts with a wire armature and builds up the felt until she gets the desired shape. She also uses different colors of the felt to almost paint in details. Kathy Sill isn’t the only talented one in the family either. Her husband Paul is quite the woodworker and often makes props to go along with her […]

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    Davidson County mother, son duo makes popular hot pepper jelly

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — For Brenda Garner and her son Derek, making jelly is a family tradition. “It started a long time ago when I would help my mom make pear preserves and fig preserves,” Garner said. Brenda began making jelly out of things that grew at a place she calls Sandy Creek Farm, but her hottest selling item is her pepper jelly. From the ghost pepper to the Carolina Reaper, she uses all of the hottest ingredients in her […]

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    Wilkes County man honors mother, popular family restaurant with cookbook

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — Food has always been a part of John Roselli’s life. His parents ran a restaurant in rural Wilkes County called Sunny Italy, which became known for their salad dressing and marinara sauce. When his parents passed away, the restaurant closed, but Roselli isn’t letting the flavors fade. Even though the popular dressing and pasta sauce is available in stores, he felt like he could do more. So, Roselli decided to take many of the restaurant’s recipes […]

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    Greensboro man keeps his life story on a wooden log

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro man is etching his life story on a wooden log. Austin Goldman calls it a “personal story log.” “The whole premise of the personal story log is that when a person picks up your story log, they’ll know so much more about you than they ever would know in a general conversation,” he said. “It’s a great means of breaking the ice and starting a conversation.” Once he retired, Goldman wanted to find a new […]

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    Davidson County man’s passion for pottery drives his business

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — One Davidson County man’s passion for pottery keeps him and his business busy. When Dion Haynes got out of the army, he went to work in the family construction business — and he’s still doing that. But several years ago, his life took a slightly different turn. One Christmas, his wife bought them pottery lessons for a present. Fast-foward several years and he’s hooked. “It was a hobby, and you start making more and more stuff,” […]

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    People gather outside Yadkinville to celebrate early American history

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. — They take stepping back in time to a whole new level. Each year, large groups of people from all over the country migrate to North Carolina to celebrate what many believe was a simpler time. During the Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous, people put away their modern conveniences and sleep in tents, cook over an open fire and dress in period clothing. For a little over a week, people gather to celebrate life as it used to be. “A […]

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    Kernersville couple uses Uber to market natural soaps and skin products

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A Kernersville couple creates natural bath and body care products. Candace Kaufman and Jonathan Clemmer spent years working for other people and decided to start Salem Essentials and Apothecary to create healthy products. Their products are typically sold on their website, but they also market through Uber. “I turn on Uber, drive for an hour or two and it makes our gas money,” Kaufman said. “We keep samples of soap in the car and people get in […]

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    Leaf lookers come together for fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Welcome to fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway — it’s a leaf lookers paradise. When it comes to leaf color, some years are better than others, but this year looks to be beautiful. The magnificent mountains covered with a patchwork of quilted colors is inspiring. The parkway was designed to give its visitors a view of nature at its best, and in the fall, it really shines. It’s a masterpiece indeed.