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George Waldon

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George Waldon joined Arkansas Business in 1985 as an associate editor and has covered a smorgasbord of topics during his tenure, ranging from weighty matters to the absurd. He grew up in Corning (Clay County), graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and worked as a general assignment reporter at the El Dorado News-Times before signing on with Arkansas Business.

Waldon edits Arkansas Business' Whispers column and writes the weekly Real Deals column on Arkansas real estate transactions. He's also one of the state's most experienced banking reporters.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Settlement Will Boost One Bank's Capital

A financial decision that Layton “Scooter” Stuart made in the weeks preceding his death in March 2013 is breathing fiscal life into Little Rock's One Bank & Trust. The de facto capital injection is happening in a way that he didn't plan and couldn't have foreseen. read more >

NLR Warehouse Draws $2.9 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

A 57,705-SF warehouse in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $2.91 million. A 1.55-acre commercial redevelopment is in motion after a $1.03 million land deal. And a 2.11-acre commercial site in North Little Rock rang up a $737,104 transaction. read more >

Parties Close to Final Settlement Over 'Scooter' Stuart Money

The final paperwork is nearing completion on a settlement agreement that will boost the equity capital at Little Rock's One Bank & Trust by $6.9 million. read more >

Legal Fallout Facing John Rogers Mounts

A new lawsuit, an expanded fraud complaint, a default judgment and a contempt hearing have added to the legal tapestry woven around North Little Rock businessman John Rogers. read more >

Mini-Storage Project Registers $6M Sale (Real Deals)

A 611-unit mini-storage project in west Little Rock weighed in at $6 million. Home sites in Sherwood rang up a $1.56 million deal. And a south Little Rock convenience store changed hands in a $950,000 sale. read more >

Convenient Redevelopment Drives $2.9M Transaction (Real Deals)

A west Little Rock convenience store development is in motion after a $2.9 million transaction. And an undeveloped 64.5-acre apartment tract in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $2 million. read more >

Mayor Mark Stodola Looks to Keep Main Street Makeover Moving

A mix of retail and of-fice buildings that decades ago were part of the city's historic commercial core have combined with new construction to recast a string of properties. A foundation of restaurants, apartments and the performing arts will be joined by a high-rise hotel redevelopment and the Little Rock Tech Park. read more >

Countdown Ticks: Cash Or Court for One Bank & Trust?

The third anniversary of the regulator-mandated regime change at Little Rock's One Bank & Trust is approaching. The national bank has endured a tumultuous ride since Layton “Scooter” Stuart was removed as chairman, president and CEO on Sept. 28, 2012. read more >

Storage Development Draws $1.4M Sale (Real Deals)

A 240-unit mini-storage project in west Pulaski County weighed in at $1.4 million, and a 24-unit loft project in downtown Little Rock is under new ownership after a $455,000 foreclosure sale. read more >

McLarty Capital Partners Makes Loans, Invests Equity

As an SBIC, McLarty Capital has the flexibility of working with a business as a lender or as an equity partner with a minority or majority position. The seven deals it has closed to date represent a mix of each kind. read more >