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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    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 […]

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    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.  

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Local man takes photos of the last Ringling Bros. circus train to visit Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For some people, there is just something about trains. You’ll often see David Marshall alongside the track waiting for a train so he can take pictures. “I guess it is the kid in most of us that does it,” he said. But on this day, he is not waiting for an ordinary train. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train is coming to town for the last time. “Well, for almost 150 years now, the Ringling […]

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    A look at renowned painter Bob Timberlake’s career

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Bob Timberlake has been creating art all his life. “I think at the time, I picked up anything to make a mark,” he said of his younger years. “Anything, pencil or anything, I was told I was always drawing, doodling and messing. I was dreaming.” Eventually, his creativity would be channeled into more ambitious projects, later helping him win a national art award in high school. In the 1970s, he began to get serious about his […]

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    NC art exhibit shows off beautiful motorcycles

    Motorcycle enthusiasts have long admired them for their beauty. But motorcycles are not what you’d expect to find in an art gallery. “We wanted to take something that is not necessarily a piece of art and place it in an art setting,” said Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art Executive Director Laura Way. This unique exhibit is a celebration of motorcycle art and design. Motorcycle owners from across the state have loaned a variety of bikes to the show. Ed Rich […]

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    Renowned painter Bob Timberlake uses snow in his art

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C.– To say artist Bob Timberlake likes snow would be an understatement. Snow has been a reoccurring theme in many of his paintings throughout the years. He says the snow accentuates the beauty of the buildings that surround his studio “Look at the contrast on the wall, the rocks to me this is beauty,” he said. “I love it I love it. and all the tracks around here.” Although Timberlake says he could spend all day outside, it’s inside […]

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    High Point collector has more than 1,000 vintage cameras

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point man’s shop may look like a camera museum, but it’s not. Ken Toda has been collecting cameras all his life. “I think I counted just a little over 1,100,” Toda said. His fascination with photography began when he was a kid in Japan. He came to the United States to study photography at Randolph Community College before receiving his four-year degree at Elon University. In the years that followed, he became familiar with […]

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    Chatham County man creates BBQ based in mustard

    CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. —  In the rural part of Chatham County, just across the Randolph county line, you’ll find a different place in the world of barbecue. Here, Tommy Estridge, owner of Chirpy’s BBQ, uses ham as his primary meat and an extra unique sauce to add a different flavor to the mix. Most places in North Carolina use vinegar or ketchup, but Chirpy’s uses mustard. Not only is it their barbecue unique, it’s tasty!

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    Lexington man owns unique toy and pop culture shop

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington man runs a store that’s quite a blast from the past. Shannon Myers owns Ogopogos Toy & Pop Culture Museum & Store in Lexington. The museum has all kinds of pop culture toys from the 1950s to the 1980s. From comic book superheroes to sci-fi figures, the store has just about everything. To Myers, what he does is very important. “It’s what we had when we were kids. It wasn’t just all on your phone and […]

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    Thomasville man documents history in his photography

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The basement of a Thomasville man’s home is a bit like the national archive. Matthew Lewis documented much of the civil right’s struggles of the 1960s with his camera. “When King started speaking ‘I have a dream,’ I was galvanized, I really was,” he said as he pulled out a picture. “Here is this lady in a prayer mode like this, and man I tell you, you could see all he faith and hope in her eyes.” He had […]