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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

Chenal Creek Transaction Closes at Nearly $9M (Real Deals)

Chenal Creek Little Rock AR LLC of Los Angeles acquired its namesake project at 12800 Chenal Parkway, backed with a $6.8 million loan from Morgan Stanley. read more >

Delayed Growth of Nestlé Foods Regains Promise at Jonesboro Plant

Market forces stymied the envisioned ramp-up to 1,000 employees in the years that followed the Nestlé plant announcement in July 2001. But these days that number looks more attainable than ever. read more >

Brookside Health & Rehab Sells for $5.6M (Real Deals)

A 143-bed nursing home in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $5.6 million. A 36-unit apartment project in North Little Rock sold for $2.2 million. And an 88-room motel in North Little Rock rang up an $800,000 transaction. read more >

Arkansas State & Brookland School District Play Host to Campus Construction

Two high-profile projects at Arkansas State University were delivered this year, propelled by extremely different timetables. read more >

Commercial Construction Finds Home In Jonesboro

Several new projects and redevelopments along Jonesboro's thoroughfares are simmering, contributing to a tally of commercial construction that topped $66 million through the first nine months of 2015. read more >

John Hancock Insurance Loan to Scooter Stuart Gains New Life in Lawsuit

Layton "Scooter" Stuart received a $20 million life insurance policy with his family trusts as the beneficiaries. His alleged abuse of the trusts and his borrowing privileges on the policy are the basis of a federal lawsuit headed for trial in February. read more >

Parkway Sale: Failed Foray Sets the Stage

The pending sale of Parkway Bankshares Inc. of Portland (Ashley County) will end an 11-year struggle to make profitable inroads in northwest Arkansas. read more >

Nearly $4.3M Transaction Visits Midtown Church (Real Deals)

The sale of a church in midtown Little Rock weighed in at $4.27 million. A 23,970-SF retail center in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $3.52 million. And a North Little Rock clinic sold for $2.4 million. read more >

WLR Office Building Draws $4.5M Sale (Real Deals)

The 333 Executive Court Building in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A west Little Rock congregation expanded its holdings in a $3.65 million deal for a neighboring 45,528-SF grocery store. And two Little Rock nonprofits were on either side of a $1.11 million transaction. read more >

Arkansas Bankers Engage in Efficiency Contest

The sub-40 percent efficiency ratio, which has grown in profile in the post-2008 finance world, reflects how many pennies it costs a company to make a buck. The average efficiency ratio among all Arkansas banks through the first half of 2015 is about 70 percent. read more >