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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

Denver Firm Pays $6M For Westgate Center (Real Deals)

The sale of a 53,000-SF retail center in Little Rock weighed in at $6 million. A 43,798-SF retail building is undergoing redevelopment as a warehouse after a $1.2 million deal. And a 12,175-SF office-warehouse project in the Riverdale area of Little Rock changed hands in a $714,000 sale. read more >

Bruised Lender Makes Showing Atop Best ROAs

An eclectic group emerged from the first quarter as top-performing lenders based in Arkansas. Measured by return on assets, the group of 10 represented large and small banks sprinkled around the state and a credit union. Two of the lenders are led by women. read more >

NLR Warehouse Draws $1.4 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

A 22,500-SF warehouse in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.46 million. A 13.7-acre residential parcel in west Little Rock weighed in at $1.25 million. And a 1,866-SF fast-food eatery in Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1 million transaction. read more >

Home BancShares to Buy Florida Business BancGroup of Tampa

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway is making another Florida bank buy, scooping up Florida Business BancGroup Inc. of Tampa. The $101.6 million transaction will push the company's asset total to $8.5 billion and its Tampa area branch network to 12. read more >

Update: Judge Rejects Red Alert Media Matrix's $18M Offer For John Rogers Archive

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza rejects a proposed $18 million offer to buy assets from embattled photo archivist and sports memorabilia dealer John Rogers. read more >

Boomerang Projects Combine for $3.8M (Real Deals)

Two Boomerang car washes attracted seven-digit transactions. A 4,200-SF retail project in south Little Rock rang up a $750,000 sale. And a 10-unit piece of the Springvale Apartments project in North Little Rock changed hands. read more >

New York Media Company Is Latest to Sue John Rogers

Affiliates of Digital First Media of New York on Friday sued to recover the archives of 20 newspapers from John and Angelica Rogers. read more >

Update: Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for John Rogers

The North Little Rock businessman is in contempt of court for failing to respond to discovery requests in a civil case brought by First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville. read more >

First Arkansas Bank & Trust Targets John Rogers Assets to Satisfy $15M Judgment

The ardent pursuit of John Rogers' assets by Jacksonville's First Arkansas Bank & Trust has produced meager results so far. But the lender's aggrieved zeal remains undiminished to recover whatever it can toward a $15 million judgment against the alleged fraudster. read more >

NLR Simply Home Motel Visited By $1.3 Million Sale (Real Deals)

A 55-room motel in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.3 million. A Dollar General store in Little Rock rang up a $1.28 million transaction. And a 3,120-SF retail project in the Heights area of Little Rock changed hands in a $700,000 deal. read more >

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