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* WARNER ROBBINS, Ga. (9/22/08)--A man who robbed HEA CU, a $20.7 million asset, Warner Robbins, GA.-based credit union, was given a life prison sentence without parole. George A. Bufkin, 49, was sentenced under Georgia’s “three strikes” law, according to a news release from the local district attorney’s office. Bufkin had four previous convictions for auto theft and a conviction for aggravated stalking. The robbery took place Oct. 12 when Bufkin used a BB gun to demand money from a teller and left with more than $4,000. Because he had been a member of the credit union, employees were able to identify him. Police arrested Bufkin later that day and recovered all the stolen money (The Telegraph Sept. 18) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/22/08)--Heritage Valley FCU, York, Pa., will be featured every Monday talking with the host of FOX43's "Better PA," Melanie Gardner. Better PA is a television program about financial topics. Heritage Valley's presence will promote credit unions, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Sept. 19). The segments also will be posted online ... * MADISON, Wis. (9/22/08)--MATC CU announced plans Thursday to merge into UW Credit Union. The two Madison, Wis.-based credit unions will work together to join their institutions and provide current members and the Madison Area Technical College community a full-service branch. According to MATC CU President Rhonda Mork, “We have very similar service philosophies and both have a long history of service to campus communities. This partnership is not only beneficial for current MATC CU members, but an exciting new financial choice for students, faculty, and staff.” MATC CU, with $2.9 million in assets and 650 members, will merge into UW CU, a $1 billion credit union servicing more than 118,000 members, by December … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/22/08)--Former Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) Chairman Lee Lester Sell, 91, died Aug. 15 at his home. He was chairman of the association from 1970 to 1972 (Life is a Highway Sept. 19). Sell organized 16 credit unions in Pennsylvania and was charter member and founder of Barta-Berks FCU, now RSR Federal. He was Barta's manager for 30 years. He also served on the boards of directors for CUNA Mutual Insurance Society. He was a national director of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and was a member of CUNA's task force on consumer affairs and CUNA's Founder's Club ...


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