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Saturday on Afton at King’s Gourmet Popcorn

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????We stopped at King’s Gourmet Popcorn Saturday morning on our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway and said hello to Ron King. He was making caramel corn (you can see him through the open window of the food truck stirring). It was mid-morning and he had customers beginning to show up ahead of the lunch crowd. With caramel corn in hand, we said goodbye but as we passed by hours later, he was swamped with folks sitting at the picnic tables eating some of the goodies he offers.

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NL’s Calvin Trice: ‘Approval, well wishes for Afton popcorn vendor’


Ronald King addresses BZA as Carrie Eheart listens.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Staunton News Leader reporter Calvin Trice has a great article about Thursday’s Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing where Ronald King, owner of King’s Gourmet Popcorn on Afton Mountain, appeared to request a permission to continue his business (see Approval, well wishes for Afton popcorn vendor). Calvin wrote:

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The Popcorn Man victorious with Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals

7a1f1-23By Lynn R. Mitchell

It was the last item on Thursday’s agenda at the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. Everyone else left so only supporters of Ronald King were left to address the board toward the end of the public hearing. Mr. King, owner of King’s Gourmet Popcorn on Afton Mountain, was questioned by the board and then two members of the public spoke on his behalf.

It was officially listed on the agenda:

A request by Ronald King, for a Special Use Permit to have outdoor storage and display in conjunction with a food service vehicle on property owned by Skyline Swannanoa, Inc., located at 5186 Howardsville Turnpike, Afton, in the South River District.

In lay language, he needed a special use permit to remain in operation in addition to his business license and health department clearance.

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Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals … my remarks supporting the Popcorn Man

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[Editor’s Note: I attended Thursday’s Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting and spoke in support of Mr. Ron King, owner of King’s Gourmet Popcorn on Afton Mountain. Following are my remarks.]

Remarks: Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals
August 7, 2014

Good afternoon. Thank you for listening.

When I saw this item on the agenda last week, I called and spoke about it with Mr. Wilkinson [secretary of BZA].

I would like to speak in support of Mr. Ronald King, or as many know him, the Popcorn Man.

He is a ray of sunshine on Afton Mountain in the midst of burned out buildings covered in graffiti.

I Facebooked about this hearing and heard from many people across the state and locally who expressed their support.

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