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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

First Arkansas Bank Wins $14.5M Default Judgment Against John Rogers

First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville landed a $14.5 million default judgment against fallen sports memorabilia and photo archivist mogul John Rogers, who missed payments on three loans in May. Rogers did not appear at the Friday morning's hearing. read more >

Shadow Lake, Turtle Creek Apartments Tandem Sales Surpass $40.5 Million (Real Deals)

The 296-unit Shadow Lake Apartments at 13111 W. Markham St. sold for $26.87 million and the 216-unit Turtle Creek Apartments at 601 Napa Valley Drive went for $13.71 million. read more >

Arkansas Baptist Gets $30M to Repay Debt, Get Back on Track

Little Rock's Arkansas Baptist College recently secured a $30 million funding agreement that has helped calm its troubled financial waters. The deal is a significant event to restore order at the 130-year-old private college after 18 months of trial and tribulation. read more >

Aircraft Hangar Lands $9.2M Transaction (Real Deals)

The sale of a 45,117-SF hangar at Clinton National Airport weighed in at $9.2 million while down the street, a 75,100-SF industrial facility in east Little Rock changed hands in an $800,000 deal. read more >

Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola. read more >

Gateway's Grove Project Adds to 2015 Commercial Construction

A 33-acre piece of Little Rock's Gateway Town Center development is poised to add some new commercial construction in 2015. read more >

VCC Goes Big in Vegas with $344M Downtown Summerlin Project

Completing a half-built, 1.5 million-SF retail-office center in less than 18 months presented a desert challenge for VCC LLC. The sprawling Downtown Summerlin project in the western suburbs of Las Vegas also represented unfinished business for the Little Rock general contracting firm. read more >

Claims Pass $18M as John Rogers' Dealings Draw More Lawsuits

Two lawsuits against North Little Rock memorabilia dealer John Rogers add more than $2.6 million to claims that now top $18 million as questions about his business dealings continue to mount. read more >

Utah Firm Pays $1.9M For NLR Apartments (Real Deals)

A 120-unit apartment project in North Little Rock changed hands in a $1.9 million transaction. PC Wilmington LLC of Provo, Utah, acquired the Wilmington Apartments complex at 617 Donovan Briley Blvd. from Wilmington Apartments Ltd. of Gardena, California. read more >

Central Bank Eyes Simmons Midtown Branch; Benefit Bank Plans Full Service in Springdale

A 2,647-SF Little Rock branch marked for sale by Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff is in the process of changing hands. read more >