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The Breaks



This is the view at the end of a 1.3 mile hike I went on last Sunday when our weather was actually being nice and warm! Pretty right? Well if you are ever in Eastern Kentucky or in Virginia near Kentucky take a moment and check it out!  This is a state park that is half in KY and half in VA wild right? In summer and fall this place is rocking!

Breaks Interstate Park

The History

180 million years ago, in an area now lying across Kentucky and Virginia, a vast inland sea receded, leaving in its wake a veritable cradle of botany. Meanwhile the river that is now Russell Fork got about the work of carving out an immense, spectacular gorge, renowned as the largest east of the Mississippi. Here fractal ferns, galax, colts foot, tea berries and a profusion of fungi and moss species dot an undergrowth of rich greens with their bright yellows, oranges and pinks.

Hikers, be prepared for the catch of breath as you lift your eyes from the delicate landscape underfoot to the wonder of a raptor soaring overhead. Boaters, rafters, horseback riders, take a moment to rest in awe of these timeless mountains, as their undulating profiles resolve into the distance in ever-paler shades of blue.

Biking, hiking, riding, rafting…no matter how you choose to move through The Breaks Interstate Park, you will find yourself exploring, just like those who came here first. Passing through the ancient hunting grounds of the Shawnee and Cherokee, one might just as easily be tracking the 18th century legend of the lost silver mines of John Swift. Or following in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as he searched for a new way into Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. In 1767 Boone finally discovered the single passage through the 125-mile stretch of Pine Mountain, and thus gave the area its name: The Breaks.  Like these early wanderers, today’s visitors are greeted by hidden ponds and craggy rock faces, by awesome critters, and starry nights scented by bloom…in short, by wonders at every turn. But, as exciting as their early explorations surely were, Mr. Swift and Mr. Boone may have wished for the cozier accommodations to be found here these days—as well as the welcoming smiles of an extraordinary park staff.

Do come visit us. If you have never been here, it’s time to make plans. If you’re returning soon, read through our website to discover new ways to spend your time well. Remember, 4600 acres of pristine beauty are ready to welcome you back.

Frontiersmen used to call a passage through the mountains a “break.” Such breaks were a rare thing indeed, offering the early settlers an opportunity to take their frontier lives to a new level. Layer upon layer of history welcomes today’s visitor, as does the still resplendent beauty of this unique 4600-acre park. Established in 1954 by an act of Congress initiated by the efforts of the two states it crosses, Virginia and Kentucky, it is now one of only two such interstate parks in the USA.

Visitors come to us year-round to enjoy the many recreational delights, whether they are bent on an active, sporting experience, or one more contemplative, such as our seven gorgeous overlooks. Wildlife abounds, as does the warm welcome, in cozy accommodations that feel just right in their setting.

Hours of operation vary depending on the season. Call for specific times.

Fees: A $2 day-use fee per car for admittance; $10 per bus (15-passenger or more)

How to get here

From Lexington, KY:
Approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes
Take I-64 E / I-75 S via left ramp toward Knoxville/Ashland – 16.4 miles
Merge onto Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East via Exit 98 toward Campton/Prestonsburg – 75.3 miles
Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East becomes East Mountain Pkwy – 1.2 miles
East Mountain Parkway becomes KY-114 – 17.3 miles
Merge onto US-23 S / US-460 E toward Pikevelle – 29.5 miles
Merge onto US-460 E / KY-80 E – 14.4 miles
Turn slight right onto KY-80 / KY-80 E – 3 miles
Turn left onto Patty Loveless Dr. / KY-80 continue on KY 80, crossing into Virginia to park entrance on right – about 8 miles

From Cincinnati, OH

Approximately 4 hours, 35 minutes
Take I-75 S crossing into Kentucky – 25.7 miles
Take I-75 S toward Lexington – 62 miles
Keep left to take I-64 E via Exit 111 toward Winchester/Ashland – 16.4 miles
Merge onto Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East via Exit 98 toward Campton/Prestonsburg – 75.3 miles
Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East becomes East Mountain Pkwy – 1.2 miles
East Mountain Parkway becomes KY-114 – 17.3 miles
Merge onto US-23 S / US-460 E toward Pikevelle – 29.5 miles
Merge onto US-460 E / KY-80 E – 14.4 miles
Turn slight right onto KY-80 / KY-80 E – 3 miles
Turn left onto Patty Loveless Dr. / KY-80 continue on KY 80, crossing into Virginia to park entrance on right – about 8 miles

From Charlotte, NC

Approximately 4 hours, 45 minutes
Take I-77 N toward Statesville, crossing into Virginia – 137.4 miles
Merge onto I-77 N via Exit 72 toward Bluefield/Charleston WVA, crossing into West Virginia (portions toll) – 27.2 miles
Take the US-52 N exit, Exit 1, toward Bluefield – 0.3 miles
Turn Right onto US-52 N / John F. Nash Blvd – 2 miles
Merge onto US-460 W toward Bluefield, crossing into Virginia – 38 miles
US-460 W becomes US-19 S – 13.4 miles
Turn right onto Redbud Hwy / VA-80 – 5.7 miles
Turn right onto Redbud Hwy/VA-80. Continue to follow VA-80 approximately 35 miles to park entrance


Little Boy Steals the Show & I saw it live!


So on  Feb 23, 2013 I went to a Rascal Flatts concert and in between sets this little boy started dancing and well ge got a lot of attention and well see for yourself it made it to Yahoo and Insider Edition! He actually lives close to me lol. Go Keaton!

Little Boy’s Offstage Performance Steals the Show at Rascal Flatts Concert

By  | Trending Now – 7 hrs ago

When you go to a concert, you’re obviously there to see and experience the entertainment of the professionals on stage. Sometimes though, the action offstage can be an experience all in itself. That was the case at a recent Rascal Flatts concert in Pikeville, Kentucky.

little boy stole the show when he started dancing in the aisle during an intermission. He drew so much attention that one of the venue staff members decided to point the spotlight at him. The boy, whose name is not known at this time, does a near three-minute dance routine. At the end, the crowd applauds his impromptu performance.

The applause keeps coming on YouTube, where the little guy is quickly becoming an online star. One commenter wrote, “go viral, little man, and don’t look back.” Another person thinks the video could be great entertainment in the future, writing, “a smart momma would save this to play at a graduation party. Too cute.”

The young kid’s video has received close to 60,000 views in only a couple of days, as people still find themselves entertained by his dance moves and enthusiasm to perform in front of thousands of strangers.



To smoke or not to smoke? It should be your choice!


State wide smoking ban? Seriously why don’t you just leave people alone it is their choice and personally I don’t think the government has the right to tell business owners they have to be smoke free. I personally do not smoke but I have family members and friends that do and I don’t think they should tell business owners what they can do on their own property. If a business wants to be smoke free they should be able to but if they welcome smokers that is also their choice.

Proposed statewide smoking ban clears Kentucky legislative panel

By Beth Musgrave — bmusgrave@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — A legislative panel approved a measure Thursday that would ban smoking inside public places across Kentucky.

House Bill 190 would protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke while allowing people to light up outside, said state Rep. Susan Westrom, sponsor of the measure.

This is the second year that the House Health and Welfare Committee has passed a statewide smoking ban sponsored by Westrom, D-Lexington. Gov. Steve Beshear has backed the initiative, and he mentioned HB 190 on Wednesday in his State of the Commonwealth speech.

The proposal has never been voted on by the full House, and it would probably have a rough road in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said that the government shouldn’t tell businesses they cannot regulate smoking on their own property.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he supports the measure and that sponsors are working to see whether the bill has enough votes to pass the House.

“I think they’re close,” Stumbo said.

Republican Rep. Julie Adams of Louisville, a co-sponsor of HB 190, said 300 organizations have backed the Smoke-Free Kentucky initiative, and polls show that the majority of registered voters support a statewide smoking ban.

Twenty-nine states have passed statewide smoking bans, and 24 have passed bans that are similar to HB 190, she said. And 22 communities in Kentucky have passed smoke-free ordinances, Adams said.

“This is a mainstream issue,” Adams said. “The Kentucky General Assembly is way behind the general public.”

Four Republicans on the committee had reservations about the proposal, saying they had difficulty balancing the need to protect public health with the need to protect the rights of businesses and individuals.

Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown; Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington; Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville; and Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington, ultimately did not vote on the legislation. The measure passed 11-0.

Beth Musgrave: (502) 875-3793. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

Strange Kentucky Laws



So here are some of my states “fun” laws they have passed that I know off  lol

  • Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison. (Repealed, 1975)
  • No person shall sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits which have been dyed or colored; nor dye or color any baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or rabbits; nor sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange or to give away baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or rabbits, under two months of age in any quantity less than six, except that any rabbit weighing three pounds or more may be sold at an age of six weeks. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500. -KRS 436.600 (Passed 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 215, sec. 5.)
  • It’s illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.
  • Any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection withany religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100). -KRS 437.060 (Passed 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 1267a-1.).
  • All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating that the apiary from which the bees came was free from contagious or infectious disease. -KRS 252.130 (Passed in 1922; Repealed in 1948)
  • No person owning or controlling a billiard or pool table shall permit, for compensation or reward, any minor under eighteen (18) years of age to play any game on the table, unless such minor shall have first displayed an identification card containing his name, age, photograph, and the signature of his parents or guardian. The minor shall keep such identification card on his person, and it shall be subject to inspection at any time by any peace officer. The person owning or controlling such billiard or pool table shall keep and maintain a registration book in which each minor shall sign. The person owning or controlling such billiard or pool table shall supply a blank identification card to each parent or guardian who makes request for same. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than ten ($10) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. -KRS 436.320 (Passed 1893; Amended in 1954, Ky. Acts ch. 232, sec. 1)
  • It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.
  • Any person who appears on any highway, or upon the street of any city that has no police protection, when clothed only in ordinary bathing garb, shall be fined no less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.” – KRS 436.140 (Passed in 1922; Repealed in 1974)
  • A Kentucky statute says: “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.” Later, an amendment proposed: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses.”
  • Lexington

  • By law, anyone who has been drinking is “sober” until he or she “cannot hold onto the ground.”
  • It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.


  • A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.

Kentucky Kicks Ass


So apparently these guys do not like our new state slogan…I mean it fits and I personally don’t see anything wrong with it but these guys do make a point whats the point of having a slogan if  do one associates it with you?

Where to Find Them: 

Kentucky for Kentucky Facebook

Kentucky for Kentucky


A Kick Ass Commonwealth Since 1792.

To engage and inform the world by promoting Kentucky people, places, and products. And to Kick Ass for the Commonwealth.


Kentucky is an awesome state.

Kentuckians have created some of the greatest cultural influences of all time. We first sung Happy Birthday, we first fried chicken, we first slapped high fives. We invented bourbon, bluegrass music, and the motherfreaking Kentucky Derby. We birthed cool with Clooney, Depp, and Hunter S. Thompson. We nurtured beauty with Loretta Lynn, all the Judds and Diane Sawyer. We championed sport with Ali, Sea Biscuit, and Rondo.

We are the real deal. We’re Kentucky.

General Information

A Kick Ass Commonwealth Since 1792.

We are believers, promoters, and producers for the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and George Clooney. And we are proud of our Commonwealth.

So whether you’re from Renfro Valley, Pikeville, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Shelbyville, Corbin, Owensboro, Winchester, Bowling Green or any other of the hundreds of great towns or cities in Kentucky (or want to be a part of something big), come join us as we celebrate Kentucky’s awesomeness.


Rebranding Kentucky

How would you describe the Commonwealth of Kentucky? Would you mention fried chicken, George Clooney, or bourbon? How about bluegrass music or Muhammad Ali, NCAA Basketball Championships or the mother-freaking Kentucky Derby?

Does the Commonwealth’s current slogan “Unbridled Spirit” best describe Kentucky? Sure, it’s clever (Unbridled Spirit = horse + bourbon), but does it make you want to visit? Would you wear it on a shirt? Will it ever be big in Japan?

Google “Unbridled Spirit”, and the first result is for horseback riding lessons in San Antonio, Texas. That’s no bueno.

So, in 2004, why did the Commonwealth use half a million of your hard-earned tax dollars to develop the “Unbridled Spirit” brand for Kentucky?

Kentucky for Kentucky has been tasked with developing a viable brand and tagline for the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our goals are simple: increase tourism, attract new business, foster pride, diminish stereotypes, unify the Commonwealth, and distinguish Kentucky from any other place on the planet.

  • Step #1: We talked to some of the coolest, most admired, most kick-ass Kentuckians (and a few non-Kentuckians) we could find, and we asked them to describe Kentucky in a few words.
  • Step #2: We partnered with Cricket Press and went to work developing this tagline into a kick-ass logo.
  • Step #3: Along with your help, we’re gonna turn up the volume and let the world know: KENTUCKY KICKS ASS!

Enjoy, and Thanks!

Whit, Griffin, and Kent
Kentucky for Kentucky

Straight Crushing It for The Commonwealth since 1792.

Special thanks to Governor Steve Beshear, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, all the kick-ass Kentuckians that participated in these interviews, Ian Friley of Kong Productions, Brian and Sara Turner of Cricket Press, Jason Kaufman, the Internet, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and George Clooney.


In case you where wondering what the state slogans are or if for some reason you don’t know your own!


State Slogan
Alabama Sweet Home Alabama
Alaska North to the Future
Arizona Grand Canyon State
Arkansas The Natural State
California Find Yourself Here
Colorado Come to Life
Connecticut Still Revolutionary
Delaware It’s Good Being First
Florida Your Florida Side is Calling
Georgia Georgia on My Mind
Hawaii The Islands of Aloha
Idaho Adventures in Living
Illinois Mile After Magnificent Mile
Iowa I()WA
Indiana Restart Your Engines
Kansas As Big as You Think
Kentucky Unbridled Spirit
Louisiana Pick Your Passion
Maine There’s More to Maine
Maryland Maryland of Opportunity
Massachusetts It’s All Here
Michigan Pure Michigan
Minnesota Explore Minnesota
Mississippi Find Your True South
Missouri Close to Home. Far from Ordinary
Montana The Last Best Place
Nebraska Possibilities…Endless
Nevada Discover Your Nevada
New Hampshire Live Free and…
New Jersey Come See For Yourself
New Mexico New Mexico True
New York I Love New York
North Carolina A Better Place to Be
North Dakota Legendary
Ohio So Much to Discover
Oklahoma Oklahoma is OK
Oregon We Love Dreamers
Pennsylvania State of Independence
Rhode Island Unwind
South Carolina Made for Vacation
South Dakota Great Faces. Great Places.
Tennessee We’re Playing Your Song
Texas It’s Like a Whole Other Country
Utah What People Are Talking About
Vermont Vermont, Naturally
Virginia Virginia is for Lovers
Washington Say WA
West Virginia Wild and Wonderful
Wisconsin Live like You Mean It
Wyoming Forever West

Cool Places to Eat in Kentucky


So I am composing a list of places I have been and want to go that are awesome, unique and of course have great food! I love all things food related and my goal is to go to as many Triple D (Dinners, Drive -In’s & Dives) as possible so here we go!

Lizzie B’s Cafe & Bakery

2010 KY Route 321
Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
Phone: 1-606-886-2844
Email: lizziebcafe@gmail.com
Mon – Thu: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

Lizzie B’s Cafe Bakery
With a super comfy and unique decor of something you would find on the Big Island this place is rocking on the weekend with live music! I love to go when I know they are going to be having one of my favorite soups:loaded baked potato, broccoli and cheese, chicken noodle, and lobster bisque. Their lobster bisque is to die for! Pair it with a hot ham & cheese and you have a fantastic lunch! Oh and if you go and they have the milky way cake…GET IT!

Description: Lizzie B’s is like no other place in the region. We’ve been described as unique, eclectic, and a place you must visit in Eastern Kentucky. Our menu features sandwiches made on fresh homemade bread with all the best ingredients, a variety of pizza’s served on Naan bread or a ten inch whole wheat pita, three to four soups made daily, a full coffee bar, desserts, beer and wine, and much more! Click on the menu tab to the left to see the full menu with descriptions of our food. Along with the great food, we have an unbelievable atmosphere that must be experienced to appreciate. It’s quickly becoming a favorite among locals and we always welcome new faces! If you have any questions please be sure to post on our wall or give us call. We look forward to seeing our friends, as well as making new ones!

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe



Lynn’s Paradise Cafe

984 Barret Ave.
Louisville, KY(502) 583-3447

I haven’t been but from what I have seen and heard this is one my list of places to go next time I am in Louisville! I am determined to go and maybe check out the State Fair to? Sounds like I plan to me!


Lynn’s Paradise Cafe has received extensive local and national media attention, including features on television programs such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Folod Network’s “Best Of”, the Discovery Channel’s “Christopher Lowell Show”, CBS “Good Morning America”, and Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”.

In addition to print articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY magazine, articles about Lynn’s Paradise Café have appeared in popular consumer magazines such as American Style, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, Esquire, Gourmet, House Beautiful, Southern Living, Travel & Leisure, Travel Holiday, and the in-flight publications of Comair, Continental, Delta, and Southwest airlines.

Within the hospitality industry, the Paradise has been featured in Midwest Foodservice News, Meetings & Conventions, Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Business, Restaurant Hospitality, Restaurants & Institutions, and Wine & Spirits.

J.J. McBrewster’s


J.J. McBrewsters

3101 Clay Mill Road

Lexington, KY 4o503

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm


This is my first Triple D stop and it is worth the drive here! I highly recommend giving this Western barbecue a try!  Also go for the candy bar cake! Also check out all the sauces I really like the melon sauce!



Description: Locally owned Western Kentucky barbeque restaurant as featured on the Food Network’s hit TV show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. We offer a full service restaurant, take out, and catering. We are a Kentucky Proud business, that buys local ingredients and makes every item from scratch.







History of our smoked meats

Smoked fresh everyday for your enjoyment & pleasure!

* Pulled Pork
* Chicken
* Beef Brisket
* Turkey Breast
* Mutton
* Goat
* Ribs
* Salmon

After our smoking process which at times could be as long as 16 hours with Hickory wood, we put our meats through our secret process for a few more hours and then we work our fingers to the bone to pull the tender meats off the bone before we treat them with our Dip to preserve and seal in the flavors unique to every meat we smoke.

Homemade Sides and Sauces

Just about all we serve at JJ’s is homemade. Our sauces are several generations old and are a tightly kept family secret and are made as needed by the owners themselves.

Authentic WESTERN KENTUCKY Sauce *
Bold with a peppery finish
best with Pork

Mahogany MELON Sauce *
Dark rich savory and sweet
compliments all smoked meats

Mac’s MEAN Sauce *
Hot Sauce
The name says it all

Daviess County DIP *
Thin, with bold rich flavors
The real Deal from Western Kentucky

Signature RAZZ B QUE Sauce *
Spicy yet sweet
Served only with Smoked Salmon

All of our side items which include some of the old favorites such as mashed potatoes, Mac & Cheese, Green and Baked Beans are all homemade following our own secret recipes just to name a few and by golly they are to die for.







Alright in all seriousness when I was in high school I was selected to go to Philadelphia to the Peter Jennings: Journalism and the Constitution which was amazing! It was a fantastic opportunity and I got to meet a lot of people from other states but one boy from Pennsylvania actually asked me if we wore shoes. I mean really? What really kinda blew me away is this was a high school student that asked me surly your old enough to know the difference between reality and a stereotype? I mean in the summer I don’t like wearing shoes but who does? There is something about the freedom of being able to feel the grass under your feet and mud between your toes. But the ignorance of asking if people wore shoes all the time! Yes we do just like everyone else!



What I don’t understand is everyone has an accent so why don’t people get that? If I sound weird to you what do you think you sound like to me? I mean I have heard a lot of people make fun of my accent, or just of the accent of southern people, and we could do the same thing.

God’s Appalachian Partnership

In 1999 Ezekiel 22:29-30 inspired GAP’s name and ministry and it’s words still motivates us today.

Ezekiel 22:29-30

New International Version (NIV)

29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.

30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

Mission:  God’s Appalachian Partnership is a need-based organization dedicated to serving the community by:

:: Meeting the person on the level of spiritual need

:: Meeting the physical needs through food, clothing, housing and other areas essential to wellness

:: Meeting the personal development need through special training which enhances their economic potential

Visit Gods Appalachian Partnership

To accomplish these goals GAP works with and through other organizations that share these concerns for the people of Appalachia

God’s Appalachian Partnership (GAP) is a faith based agency that is dedicated to meeting needs and serving people in Eastern Kentucky.

What GAP Does

Community Development

At the beginning of 2010 GAP began a transition from a needs based to an asset-based community development ministry.  Essentially, this means we have moved away from mostly distributing resources as the primary way of building relationships and meeting community needs. We are now working to build relationships to discover the potential that already is in the community to meet its own needs.

Resource Distribution

We continue to assist with food, clothing, cleaning supplies, personal products, and household items to qualifying families through our distribution center. Most of our resource distribution efforts focus on individuals and families in crisis situations such as victims of fire and floods. GAP also helps other organizations in our region by assisting them with extra resources to distribute in their communities.


There is something about a shared beverage that gets people to open up and talk with each other. That’s the idea behind BeansTalk. We have created a space in our distribution center for the community to relax over a cup of coffee and enjoy conversation with each other and the staff. We encourage mission teams to share their talents at BeansTalk also. In the past teams have shared music, crafts, and haircuts, among other things.

Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministry has always been a part of how GAP serves the community, and it is now one of our primary functions. Kasie Osborne, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, is organizing after-school tutoring and kid’s clubs at our Distribution Center and in the community. She also works with the mission teams and coordinates opportunities for them to serve community children as well.


Each year we collect school supplies and backpacks for students in Head Start through 12th grade and then distribute them to our clients just before school starts.  Starting in 2011 we will incorporate this outreach into a children’s back-to-school festival called KidStock. In addition to giving out backpacks filled  with school supplies there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and the gospel will be clearly presented. Leading up to the event we also collect items for teachers and make gift bags to express our appreciation for what they do for the kids here in the Left Beaver area.

The Christmas Store

GAP assists Eastern Kentucky families who are in need and helps them give their children quality gifts each Christmas.  Throughout the year, GAP collects new toys and age-appropriate gifts and stocks a toy room at our warehouse.  In December, parents of qualifying families are given an opportunity to go through the toy room and select gifts which they can give to their children on Christmas.

We also work in cooperation with the managers of low-income apartment complexes to gather names of qualifying families.  The gifts are then carefully selected by our staff, with each child in mind, and given to their parents so they can personally give the gifts to their children.

Children also get an opportunity to pick out gifts for their parents during our Children’s Christmas Store.  Mission team members assist the kids with picking out gifts and wrapping them while parents are treated to snacks as they wait. The mission team shares the story of Christmas through a special presentation to the kids and their parents.

Home Repairs

GAP offers assistance to community families in need of home repairs in cooperation with mission teams. Each request is evaluated by our staff, if participation criteria is met and mission teams with the resources and skills are available, the work is completed.  While in the past we generally have not expected the families to participate in the process, we now look for ways to make the repairs a partnership of the family, mission team, and GAP.


The Dorema Project purchases dilapidated homes, renovates them with the help of mission teams, and sells them to qualifying families with a no-interest mortgage. The money that is received from the sale is then used to renovate the next home.

Old Time Mountain Celebration

The Corn & Coal Festival begins its first season in the fall of 2011. This event for the whole family is a celebration of the culture and humor of the Left Beaver community and will feature live music, comedy, games, and a craft fair.

Want to Help?


90 Big Bridge RD
Mcdowell, Kentucky 41647
Phone: 1-606- 377-0332
Email: info@gapky.org
Mission teams from all over the United States comes and spends a week here helping out if this is something your church or organization would like to do or if you have items you would like to donate contact information is above!

Want to do More?

God’s Appalachian Partnership is almost entirely funded by the contributions of individuals and churches. The average donation by an individual is $25.00 a month; however, any amount given is making a difference. You are welcome to designate your gift for a specific project or just give toward general expenses. Your donation is tax deductible.

Donate online at JustGive.Org

Donating by Check

You may send checks to:

PO Box 704,
McDowell KY, 41647

If you are designating your gift for a specific project please write the project name in the memo line of the check.

Need More Information?

If you need more information please call missionary Lynn Wagoner at 606-377-0332.

Rain + Mountains= Cooking?


When I was little on our way to church early in the mornings my grammy would always laugh as she watched me look out the window. I would always ask her what that fog rolling up from the mountains was and she’d chuckle and tell me the ground hogs where cooking. Now every time I pass a fog covered mountain or see that fog rolling from the ground I can only remember those words.