Muhlenberg Co. reaps hidden fortune

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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 ofMuhlenberg County residents.

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