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Man Leaves County $50 Million In Will

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - John Prine may want to write a new song
about Muhlenberg County.

The western Kentucky coal county made famous by the Prine song
"Paradise" has received a multi-million dollar gift from a
resident who quietly built the fortune before he died.

The Community Foundation of Louisville announced Thursday in a
news release that Felix E. Martin Jr. left $50 million to the county. The Foundation says it will distribute the money every year
through grants.

Martin, 80, a native of Muhlenberg County, died in November
2007. According to the Web site for his foundation, he lived
modestly and built his fortune through private investing after
inheriting more than $8 million from his mother in 2001.

He stated in his will he wanted the money to be distributed for
the benefit of the education, civic and cultural needs of
Muhlenberg County residents.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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