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Remembering Bullitt County cartoonist

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When you say the name Paul Coyle in Bullitt County, people may not think of the man,instead the caricature he drew of himself  in the Pioneer News. 

"He's been part of the family since I guess it was July of 85," Pioneer News Publisher, Thomas Barr said.

Though he was a man of few words, you always knew exactly how he felt.  Coyle did his communicating with pencil and paper as a cartoonist. One thing's for sure, he wasn't afraid to take on the tough issues and people in the community.

 "They may not have always agreed to it or agreed with it, but I think they also enjoyed being in it," Barr said.

That voice that Shepherdsville came to respect has been silenced. Coyle passed away last Wednesday at the age of 78.

"It's really sad because Paul was just one of a kind. He was the sweetest, kindest person," a co-worker said.

Now that Coyle isn't going to be walking in and out of Pioneer News, delivering his comics, the staff says they're kind of at a loss for what to do next.

"I think we've kind of got to maybe let this thing sink in a little bit...for us, for the community," said Barr.

After that, they say they're going to do what Paul would've wanted.

"I don't think he would want us to go and just have us run a bland, sterile, standard national cartoon. I think he would want something local," Barr said.

As the search for that cartoonist gets underway in a few of weeks, the staff here says they'll spend the time in between admiring the artwork of a talented man...whose pictures will live on in Pioneer News archives forever.

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