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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

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New 'Power Center' for Shopping

Public, private and public-private developments representing tens of millions of dollars in construction are in motion in Searcy. Three projects highlighting each category alone tally more than $42 million. read more >

Collision Center Buy Tops $2.5 Million (Real Deals)

LLArk Properties LLC of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, purchased the 40,000-SF Landers Collision Center at 10005 Col. Glenn Road from Aimco Equipment Co. LLC, led by Frank, Herren and Todd Hickingbotham. read more >

Comfort Inn & Suites Transaction Checks In at $3.9M (Real Deals)

Andy & Andrew Hotel Investments LLC, led by Ashok Desai, purchased the Comfort Inn & Suites at 3915 McCain Park Drive, backed with a five-year loan of $4 million from Arkansas Federal Credit Union of Jacksonville. read more >

Heartland Endures Another Ugly 4Q

Heartland Bank of Little Rock recorded a nearly $7.9 million loss for 2016. The lion's share of that loss occurred in the fourth quarter. read more >

Stonehaven Purchase Surpasses $7.1 Million (Real Deals)

The 60-unit assisted living project in Maumelle was sold by Stonehaven Assisted Living LLC, led by James Thomas. The deal is financed with a $5.2 million loan from First Security Bank of Searcy. read more >

Heartland Bank Sees $7.9M Loss in 2016

Heartland Bank of Little Rock recorded a nearly $7.9 million loss for 2016. The lion's share of that loss occurred in the fourth quarter. read more >

True Tale Trounces Comic Fantasy at Dogpatch USA

The story of Dogpatch USA is a meandering one that now covers half a century. Its course resembles the winding, up-and-down path of Scenic Highway 7 that brought hundreds of thousands of visitors during its 25-year run. read more >

First Financial Bank Branching Out to Little Rock

El Dorado's First Financial Bank is no stranger to the Little Rock market. The $901 million-asset lender has operated a mortgage production office in the capital city since 1984. read more >

One Bank & Trust: Sell or Build Capital Base

Little Rock's One Bank & Trust continues to operate under an unusual arrangement more than four years after the ouster of its owner and CEO, Layton “Scooter” Stuart. read more >

Lowe's Land Draws Deals Totaling $6.1M (Real Deals)

Lowe's Home Centers LLC of Mooresville, North Carolina, acquired about 17.2 acres at the northwest corner of Kanis and Bowman roads to make room for a new 113,941-SF Lowe's store in west Little Rock. read more >