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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

Bank of the Ozarks Posts Record 4Q, Yearly Net Income

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. on Tuesday announced record fourth quarter net income of $87.8 million, a 71 percent increase from quarterly net income of $51.5 million a year ago. read more >

Simmons, Home BancShares Set To Vault Into $10B Club

Arkansas membership in the $10 billion bank club should double by the end of September. Home BancShares Inc. and Simmons First National Corp. have two pending acquisitions that will help take them beyond $10 billion to join Arvest Bank Group Inc. and Bank of the Ozarks Inc. read more >

Election Effect Boosts Arkansas Banks

Simmons First National Corp. and Home BancShares Inc. were among those companies enjoying sizable stock price bumps during the past two months. read more >

Two Financial Centre Draws $11.3M Sale (Real Deals)

An affiliate of Baptist Health was the majority buyer of the 124,900-SF office building in west Little Rock. read more >

Midtown Transaction Reaches $44 Million (Real Deals)

The five-building, 30-acre development at the northwest corner of Interstate 630 and University Avenue in Little Rock was sold to Little Rock Midtown Ltd., an affiliate of Provident Realty Advisors Inc. of Dallas. read more >

Four Nursing Homes Add Up to $29M Sale (Real Deals)

Affiliates of Kotel Management of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, bought four Little Rock-area nursing home properties from affiliates of AdCare Property Holdings LLC of Atlanta. read more >

Stock Worth $2.24M Buys Little River Bank

The acquisition of Little River Bancshares Inc. marks a departure from past means of exchange for First Community Bancshares Inc. of Batesville. The deal closed Monday. read more >

Forrest City Bank Soon To Suit Up in New Name

Big Creek Bancshares Inc. of Moro (Lee County) staked a trademark claim on ArmorBank in connection with the deal. read more >

Simmons Deal to Enter Oklahoma Will Push Total Assets Above $10B

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff announced its intention to enter the Oklahoma market by acquiring Southwest Bancorp Inc. of Stillwater in a $564 million deal that will push its total assets above $10 billion. read more >

Stock Price Swings Visit Steady Bank of the Ozarks

Bank of the Ozarks shares have followed a sometimes precipitous trek during the past few quarters. read more >

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