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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

Scooter Stuart's Tainted Assets Draw More Fire

This year's number of new lawsuits surrounding the controversial business affairs of the late Layton “Scooter” Stuart indicates the rancor is only growing. read more >

Metro Builders Property Weighs In at $3.8 Million (Real Deals)

A commercial project in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $3.8 million transaction. Dozens of lots in North Little Rock's Villages of San Luis residential development were sold in combined transactions totaling $1.56 million. And a 17,234-SF nonprofit facility in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.35 million. read more >

Simmons' Deal for Delta Trust: 3 Years Coming

The acquisition of Little Rock's Delta Trust & Banking Corp. by Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff was announced in March and should be completed by the end of the month. But the merger dance began three years ago. read more >

In Lawsuit, Arvest Bank Seeks $467K From Dennis Smiley Jr.

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has sued to collect more than $467,000 in delinquent debt associated with its former Bentonville market president Dennis Smiley. Arvest's actions make it the 11th bank to file details of delinquent loan claims associated with Dennis Smiley Jr. The two lawsuits pushes the known claims against Smiley to about $2.5 million. read more >

North Little Rock's Rockwater Residences Poised for Relaunch

The opening round of single-family development is about to launch at Rockwater Village in North Little Rock. Seven of the 33 lots are under contract to future residents of the riverside neighborhood. read more >

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

The Rock City Marina & Yacht Club in Little Rock remains a drawing board project along the Arkansas River, and the proposed site at the end of East Second Street awaits groundbreaking. read more >

LR Retail Centers Draw $6.1 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

Two retail projects in southwest Little Rock tipped the scales at $6.1 million. Geyer Springs Shopping Center LLC of Brooklyn, New York, bought its namesake 152,852-SF property at 8717 Geyer Springs Road and the 21,760-SF Geyer South project at 8521 Geyer Springs Road. read more >

Clarion Hotel Medical Center Recycled for $5M (Real Deals)

A 262-room hotel in midtown Little Rock changed hands in a $5 million foreclosure sale. The 5.22-acre development was tied to a November 2003 mortgage of $14 million held by Jonesboro's Liberty Bank of Arkansas, which became part of Centennial Bank in 2013. read more >

Report: John Rogers Was Tipped to FBI Raid

John Rogers allegedly was tipped off that federal agents would be visiting his North Little Rock business and home before federal agents executed search warrants on Jan. 28. But Rogers' attorney says Rogers helped authorities expose another man's crime. read more >

Arvest Bank Settles With 18 Dennis Smiley Creditors

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has settled with 18 of 20 creditors who loaned money to one of its former executives, Dennis Smiley Jr. Only First State Bank of De Queen, where Smiley's namesake father is chairman, and Signature Bank of Arkansas in Fayetteville remain as possible claimants seeking money from Smiley's Arvest Bank Group stock purchase and stock option plans. read more >