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* HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/12/08)--Lancaster (Pa.) Red Rose CU used a grant from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation to open a Latino branch at Lancaster's Puerto Rican Cultural Center on Nov. 6 (Life is a Highway Nov. 7). The branch is part of a strategy of the Lancaster Consortium--a group of six credit unions--that has included opening two branches in Latino areas of Lancaster in the past two months. The consortium has invested over $250,000 in Lancaster's Latino community in the past three years, with support from credit unions, the National Credit Union Foundation, and the Pennsylvania foundation. From left are Abby Achey, CEO of the credit union, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, and Moe Rodriguez, director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * RICHMOND, Va. (11/12/08)--One of two suspects accused of a series of after-midnight shootings March 27 along Interstate 64 between Albemarle and Waynesboro, Va., was sentenced Monday to two years in prison. Slade Allen Woodson, 20, still has 15 felony counts pending against him in Albermarle. Woodson and Brandon Dawson, 16, had been drinking when they began shooting into cars, at property--including a building and car at DuPoint Community CU--and into houses. Two motorists were slightly injured. No one was inside the credit union at the time. Dawson was convicted as a juvenile and ordered to spent 180 days at the Blue Ridge Detention Center. Woodson received seven years each, with five years suspended, for two counts of shooting into an occupied building and three counts of shooting from a vehicle. He was also sentenced to five years--with three years suspended--for felony destruction of property. Woodson is to serve two years for all six counts concurrently (Richmond Times-Dispatch Nov. 11) … * SAN DIEGO (11/12/08)--Mission FCU has selected Debra Schwartz as president/CEO. Schwartz had been serving in the dual role as interim CEO and executive vice president since April, when former president/CEO Ron Martin retired (Post-Journal Nov. 9). Schwartz has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience. Prior to joining Mission Federal, Schwartz served in senior executive positions at First Future CU and as executive vice president of San Diego County CU … * BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (11/12/08)--More than 400 credit union professionals, guests and vendors attended the Alabama Credit Union League's fall Development Conference in Biloxi, Miss., to discuss issues facing credit unions today and in the future. Opening General Session speaker Albert Mensah spoke on "Every Day is an Opportunity," and the first day's Closing General Session speaker, Chuck Clay, partner in Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers P.C., discussed "The Impact of the Election Results." The conference's closing General Session featured Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, discussing "The Seven Principles of Leadership." League President/CEO Gary Wolter noted that "continuing education is the key to helping our credit unions weather the current economic storm and come out on top." …


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