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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

Central Bank Eyes Simmons Midtown Branch; Benefit Bank Plans Full Service in Springdale

A 2,647-SF Little Rock branch marked for sale by Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff is in the process of changing hands. read more >

Grand Bancorp Reassembles Lending Duo

Grand Bancorp Inc. of Grove, Oklahoma, is moving forward with the $6 million purchase of Decatur State Bank. The transaction will be funded through a $2.75 million stock offering and a $3.2 million loan from Grand Bancorp. When the deal is completed before year's end, the $128 million-asset Benton County bank will rejoin its sister company, Grand Savings Bank in Grove. read more >

Red Lobsters Serve Up $8.4M Transaction (Real Deals)

ARCP RL Portfolio V LLC purchased the Red Lobster at 3707 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $4.98 million. ARCP RL Portfolio VI LLC bought the Red Lobster at 8407 W. Markham St. in Little Rock for $3.44 million read more >

Faulkner County's Sallis Ranch Gives Sanctuary to Horses in Need

Greg Sallis has been rescuing horses from bad situations for 30 years. After nursing them back to health, he would train them and resell them to recoup some of his out-of-pocket costs. read more >

Tire Center Transaction Tops $1.5M in NLR (Real Deals)

A 43,444-SF tire center in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.52 million. read more >

Two Pulaski County Apartment Projects Total Nearly $8.5M (Real Deals)

Two Pulaski County apartment projects were purchased by an investment group from Brooklyn, New York, in deals that added up to nearly $8.5 million. read more >

James Van Doren: I Shouldn't Have Signed the Plea Agreement

James Van Doren freely admits he was weak and didn't do the right thing. The New York investment banker isn't talking about his involvement in financial dealings that culminated in his being sentenced last week to 15 months in federal prison. read more >

James Van Doren Sentenced to 15 Months For Money Laundering

James Van Doren, appearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith this afternoon, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment as part of a disputed plea agreement. read more >

Vitamin Shoppe Attracts $3.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

Big projects in North Little Rock change hands with an 8,200-SF retail project on McCain Blvd., a big piece of a 276,231-SF Gregory Street warehouse, and the closed Belwood Elementary school. read more >

‘Sovereign' Actions Complicate Foreclosure of West Little Rock Home

Documents sold on the Internet and a $700,000 “International Bill of Exchange” weren't able to keep a minister from losing his 5,608-SF west Little Rock home in a long-running foreclosure action. read more >