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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

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 >

Gary Head: Smiley Told Me He'd Made Mistakes

Gary Head, chairman, president and CEO of Fayetteville's Signature Bank of Arkansas, says he learned of the multimillion-dollar loan scandal involving Dennis Smiley Jr. in a phone call from Smiley himself. read more >

First Security Bank Forecloses on Dennis Smiley Home

First Security Bank of Searcy files a foreclosure lawsuit on a $200,000 loan secured by Dennis Smiley's home in Rogers. read more >

Details of Delinquent Dennis Smiley Loans

Ten banks that loaned money to Dennis H. Smiley Jr. included details about their claims in court filings. Total outstanding on the 20 loans is nearly $2 million. read more >

Midtowne Little Rock Sells for $41.4 Million (Real Deals)

A 126,288-SF retail center in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $41.45 million. Construction of a 9,000-SF retail building in west Little Rock is trailing a $1 million land deal. And development of a Noah's event center in west Little Rock is following an $859,636 land sale. read more >

Details of Delinquent Dennis Smiley Loans

Ten banks that loaned money to Dennis H. Smiley Jr. included details about their claims in court filings. Total outstanding on the 20 loans is nearly $2 million. read more >

First Security Bank Forecloses on Dennis Smiley Home

First Security Bank of Searcy files a foreclosure lawsuit on a $200,000 loan secured by Dennis Smiley's home in Rogers. read more >

Gary Head: Smiley Told Me He'd Made Mistakes

Gary Head, chairman, president and CEO of Fayetteville's Signature Bank of Arkansas, says he learned of the multimillion-dollar loan scandal involving Dennis Smiley Jr. in a phone call from Smiley himself. read more >