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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

Soul of the South Investors Battle over KMYA License

The broadcast license for KMYA-TV, Channel 49, that Soul of the South Network investors are fighting over was an important piece to a funding puzzle two years ago. read more >

Gateway Town Center Tracts Top $10.4M (Real Deals)

Undeveloped commercial land in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center project generated two seven-digit transactions. read more >

AMR Construction Begins Foreclosure Action on Main Street Lofts

Little Rock's AMR Construction LLC staked a priority claim to recover $896,756 for unpaid work on the unfinished three-building, 125,000-SF redevelopment at 510-524 Main St. read more >

MedExpress Double-Dose Buy Tops $4.4 Million (Real Deals)

National Retail Properties Ltd. of Orlando, Florida, purchased the Markham St. project in midtown Little Rock and the North Little Rock location. read more >

Zoe's Kitchen Serves $2.2 Million WLR Sale (Real Deals)

A California company bought the Zoe's Kitchen restaurant at 12900 Chenal Parkway from Zoe's Arkansas LLC of Plano, Texas. read more >

AMR Construction Wins Main Street Arbitration Case

The general contractor on Little Rock's troubled Main Street Lofts project has been awarded $896,756 in its arbitration case. read more >

Shale Play Loan Hits Nonaccrual at Heartland Bank

Among Heartland's biggest and worst energy-related loans is one connected with a shale play in the New Albany formation of eastern Illinois. read more >

Bear State Latest Bank Going for State Charter

Bear State Bank of Little Rock, which now has a national bank charter despite its name, intends to convert to a state charter. read more >

Merchants & Planters Ready for 3rd Branch in Batesville

A Jackson County bank is moving to increase its presence in the neighboring $815 million-deposit Independence County market. read more >

Tandem Apartment Sales Add Up to $11.2 Million (Real Deals)

Shorter College Gardens Apartments in North Little Rock sold for $7.05 million while Willow Bend Apartments in Jacksonville sold for $4.25 million. read more >