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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

Tally of Largest Commercial Building Projects in Arkansas Hits $2.4 Billion

The dollar total of largest commercial construction projects in Arkansas registered nearly $2.3 billion this year. The tally reflected a 1.2 percent decline from more than $2.4 billion in 2015. read more >

Chapel Ridge Complex Houses $8M Transaction (Real Deals)

Little Rock Housing Associates Ltd. of Denver sold the Chapel Ridge Apartments project at 24800 Chenal Parkway to Chapel Ridge Stanev AR LLC of Brooklyn, New York. read more >

Jacksonville Mobile Home Park Draws $2.6M Sale (Real Deals)

A group of out-of-state investors acquired Pine Meadow Mobile Home Park at 3000 John Harden Drive from Mas Verde Mobile Home Estates Inc., led by Bryan Keathley. read more >

Pinnacle, Central Bank Combo Builds Assets To $200M

There are a lot of moving parts to the acquisition equation in the pending merger of Pinnacle Bank of Rogers and Central Bank of Little Rock. read more >

Allied Bank Not Alone on US List of Bank Failures

The September failure of the $66.3 million-asset Allied Bank of Mulberry marked the fifth lender in the nation to go under so far this year. read more >

Industrial Space Attracts $5.6 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

A company led by Rick Ferguson sells a 223,880-SF industrial project adjacent to the Goodwill facility on Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock to a group of four investment companies. read more >

Peco Foods Delivers $35M Boost for Corning's Bruised Economy

The opening of the Peco feed mill in Corning earlier this year broke a long dry spell of big industrial development news for Corning and provided a glimmering counterpoint to the closing of the 44-year-old L.A. Darling plant. read more >

Colony West Center Sells for $7.1 Million (Real Deals)

Colony West Group LLC, led by T.J. Leflar, Marshall Saviers and Brian Shaw, and C-Lef Partners LLC, led by Leflar, bought the Colony West Shopping Center at 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. read more >

Home BancShares Announces $88.5M Florida Bank Buy

The parent company of Centennial Bank today announced the purchase of Giant Holdings Inc., the parent of Landmark Bank of Fort Lauderdale, for $70 million in stock and $18.5 million in cash. read more >

Lazenbys Face Loss Of Homes, Business

Centennial Bank of Conway is restarting its $2.6 million foreclosure action against Little Rock real estate investor Ron Lazenby. read more >