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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

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 >

Landers Auto Dealership Drives $22.1M Toyota Sale (Real Deals)

Luther Auto Group's acquisition of Steve Landers Toyota in Little Rock generated a real estate transaction valued at $22.1 million. A former Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.76 million sale. And a 27,832-SF piece of the Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $1.2 million. read more >

Court Formalizes Settlement With Banks Over Dennis Smiley Assets

Eighteen lenders were dismissed from the battle over assets once owned by former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr. read more >

Technological Innovations Bring Profitable Changes to the Fayetteville Shale

New advances have enabled companies to drill deeper and more complex wells to tap the gas shale, too. Mixed in with the drilling improvements are new fracking techniques that increase the productivity of wells. read more >

Fracking Techniques Deemed Corporate Secret

The refinements of directional drilling have enhanced shale plays with increased opportunities afforded by lateral boring.But when it comes to the below-ground magic of fracking, innovative techniques sometimes are buried in corporate secrecy. read more >

West Little Rock Hosts $1.4M Boot City Buy (Real Deals)

Development of a 20,000-SF Cavender's Boot City store is in motion in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center after a $1.38 million land deal. And the Town Pump and its adjoining liquor store in Little Rock's Riverdale area changed hands in a $500,000 sale. read more >

First Arkansas Bank Sues NLR Businessman John Rogers for $14.2M

First Arkansas Bank & Trust has sued to collect $14.2 million from North Little Rock businessman John Rogers. Meanwhile, Rogers is no longer involved in day-to-day operations of the photo archive and sports memorabilia venture and hasn't been for more than six months, according to Mac Hogan, who's now running the business. read more >

Trans-Atlantic Trade Expedition Bears Promise of Arkansas Jobs

Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC, hinted that meetings in Europe would yield announcements in the not-so-distant future regarding new jobs and capital investment in Arkansas. read more >

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