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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

Maumelle Warehouse Attracts $11.2M Sale (Real Deals)

A 484,932-SF warehouse project in Maumelle tipped the scales at $11.2 million. Construction of a 30,000-SF office building is following a $2.3 million land deal in downtown Little Rock. And a North Little Rock car wash is under new ownership after a $1.72 million deal. read more >

Bank of the Ozarks 3Q Net Income Up 21 Percent

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock announced net income for the third quarter grew by 21.3 percent to $32.1 million. Profits were backed by record quarterly net interest income of $74.6 million, a 47.4 percent increase from a year ago. read more >

Court Appoints Former LR Mayor Special Administrator in Scooter Stuart Case

Tom Prince, former Little Rock mayor, has entered the fray between Little Rock's One Bank & Trust and the estate of its former controlling owner and CEO, Layton “Scooter” Stuart. read more >

Fraud Helped Extend One Bank's Solvency, Hunt Company's Lawsuit Alleges

An injection of $17.3 million in U.S. Treasury TARP funds five years ago saved Little Rock's One Bank & Trust from insolvency. A lawsuit against the bank's parent company, One Financial Corp., alleges that deception was deployed to obtain that money. read more >

Little Rock Walgreens Sells for $5.7 Million (Real Deals)

ARCP WG Little Rock AR LLC of Phoenix bought the 15,181-SF store at 1601 Main St. from Stamja-DT AR Properties LLC, led by Jason LaFrance. read more >

Examination of UAMS Radiology Grinds On

Two UA audits of the radiology department at UAMS and its business dealings with Medical Assets Holding Co. of North Little Rock are under review for possible criminal charges. read more >

Chuy's Buy Launches New Project in NLR (Real Deals)

A Chuy's restaurant project in North Little Rock was put in motion by a $1.14 million land deal. A 16,200-SF commercial project in North Little Rock is under new ownership after a $907,000 sale. read more >

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

Once upon a time, the current site of the Gateway Town Center and Bass Pro developments was slated to be part of a grand 1.1 million-SF regional mall development. The fabled Otter Creek Mall never achieved escape velocity from its drawing board concept unveiled on April Fool's Day in 1980. read more >

Bank Branch Trio Generates $3.45M Sale (Real Deals)

Three former Metropolitan National Bank branches combined for a $3.45 million transaction. A 3-acre parking lot in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.7 million deal. And a 50-room motel in Jacksonville changed hands in a $1.2 million deal. read more >

Forrest City Financial Poised to Sell For $2.7M

The countdown to the $2.75 million sale of Forrest City Financial Corp. is nearing zero. The purchase by Cross County Bancshares Inc. of Wynne should close in October when the final regulatory approvals are expected, according to David Dowd, president and CEO of CCBI. read more >