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  • Roy’s Folks: Guitar man Justin Johnson

    Justin Johnson can play any style of music, but his virtuosity is never more obvious than when he plays primitive instruments. His favorite instruments to play is the cigar box guitar. “I mean your really can’t get a tone of a factory made instrument that you can get out of one like this that when it vibrates together and resonates,” he says. Justin says being a professional musician isn’t easy. “It’s more than a career, I’m glad that it’s more […]

  • Man shares knowledge of nature with children

    Something as simple as a walk through the woods can have multiple benefits – and if you invite some kids along, those benefits become more than just exercise. For some of Roy’s Folks, it becomes educational too.

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    Land of the waterfalls

    Western North Carolina is known as “land of waterfalls.” Photographer and Greensboro resident Mark File spends most of his time photographing the waterfalls for his website romanticasheville.com, which he started 10 years ago. “I try to find all these places in the mountains and photograph them.  I like to describe them and make videos and share them with people. Many of them are free places to visit,” File says.      

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    Jamestown man builds Radio Flyer car

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — A Jamestown man recently fulfilled a childhood dream – he built his own Radio Flyer car. Ed Ingle transformed his 1982 Datsun pickup truck into a Radio Flyer car that draws attention wherever it goes. It all started when Ingle’s wife, Leonora, saw a similar Radio Flyer automobile on YouTube. “I said this is so neat… and we looked at it and I said ‘Do you think we could make one?” Leonora said. In a weak moment, […]

  • Roy’s Folks: Whistling Champ

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C.– Zach Groff won the classical division at the 2013 International Whistler’s Convention in Louisburg. Groff has been whistling since he was a kid and is an accomplished musician with a music degree from the UNC School of the Arts.  

  • Mount Airy teen bottles ‘secret’ barbecue sauce

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C.–For many of us, grilling out is a traditional part of Memorial Day Weekend. For Austin Payne, it’s a great time to show off his special barbecue sauce that he concocted with his dad. His special recipe was such a hit with his family and friends, he decided to have it bottled. You can find Austin’s Barbeque Sauce at several locations around Mount Airy, as well as on his website at austinsfoods.com

  • Roy’s Folks: Richard Petty Museum

    RANDLEMAN, N.C.–Roy’s Folks is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and so is the Richard Petty Museum in downtown Randleman. Bonnie Davis has worked at the museum for over 17 years and says visitors are always amazed that there is a whole lot more to the museum than racing.  

  • Roy’s Folks: British bike lovers

    There are many auto enthusiasts, and sailboat enthusiasts–but other are more selective in their choice of passions. John French and Fred Cecil are fans of old British bikes.  

  • Roy’s Folks: Shoe Shine

    LEXINGTON, N.C.–Not so long ago, we had to go to a train station, bus station or a barber shop to find a shoe shine. But now, thanks to one of Roy’s Folks, you can find one again in Lexington. Elwood Brown’s Shoe Shine Parlor is on 11th Avenue just off South Main St. in Lexington, next to Smokey Joe’s Barbecue. His hours vary, but you’ll find him in the shop most afternoons.

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    Roy’s Folks 25th Anniversary Special [Video]

    Roy Ackland and David Weatherly celebrate 25 years of Roy’s Folks.

  • Roy’s Folks: Puppy Love

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C.– Rufus the Bassethound and Lizzy the half Great Pyrranese and Half Great Dane, are a couple of dogs who fell in love. They are well-known in their Stokes County neighborhood–and you rarely see one without the other!

  • Roy’s Folks: Adam-12 Superfan

    Many of us measure time by the television shows that we watched in early life. Ken Norris from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department says Adam-12, the cops show that was popular in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, is the reason he got into law enforcement.