COLUMBIA, S.C. -- By the end of this month, the volume of imagedchecks will surpass the volume of paper checks processed by theSouth Carolina Credit Union League's Palmetto CooperativeServices.

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In March, the organization received approximately 700,000 checksthat had been scanned at 130 member branch locations. That markedan increase of more than 200,000 items over February's numbers.

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"We had a lot of credit unions that were testing and in variousstages of implementation, but over the past few months it's reallytaken off," said Ed Culpepper, executive vice president and chiefoperating officer for the league.

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Culpepper predicted that by the end of 2008, the transport ofpaper checks will be a thing of the past for financialinstitutions.

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"Sure, people will still be writing paper checks, but as far asonce it's reached the clearinghouse, checks will be moved by imageinstead of paper," Culpepper said.

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