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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

Banks Seek Court-Held Dennis Smiley Funds

Two of the remaining banks in the serial loan controversies of Dennis Smiley Jr. hold judgments against the former Arvest executive. read more >

Creditors Urge Acme Liquidation, Auction of Allied Bank Stock

Three of the largest creditors of Acme Holding Co. want to see its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to Chapter 7 liquidation. read more >

Farmers Bank Completes Consolidation with 1st Bank of Texas

The operations of 1st Bank of Texarkana, Texas, were consolidated today with Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia. read more >

Second Former Partner of John Rogers Files Suit, Seeks $12.3 Million

The new lawsuit by Mac Hogan pushes the claims against the embattled newspaper archivist and sports memorabilia dealer upwards of $40 million. Hogan alleges that Rogers committed multiple acts of fraud as part of a Ponzi-style scheme that often involved phantom transactions. read more >

New Lawsuit Says John Rogers Owes $9.6M in Loans, Unpaid Bill

Another collection lawsuit alleging fraud has been filed against embattled newspaper archivist and sports memorabilia dealer John Rogers. read more >

Atlanta Group Offers $59M for John Rogers' Former Business Assets

Red Alert Media Matrix Inc. has signed a letter of intent to buy the photo archive and sports memorabilia assets of Sports Cards Plus Inc., which did business as Rogers Photo Archive; Planet Giant LLC and Digital Stock Planet LLC and Photo Archive Partners LLC, which did business as John Rogers Partners LLC. read more >

Holiday Inn Express Attracts $4.2M Sale (Real Deals)

A 138-room hotel in east Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.2 million. A 44-unit apartment project in southwest Little Rock weighed in at $1.65 million. And a 37,000-SF grocery store project is in motion in Sherwood after a $944,000 land deal. read more >

John Rogers Receiver Michael McAfee Seeking A ‘Prince'

Michael McAfee thinks he's starting the new year with a bout of sinusitis that will require a trip to the doctor for relief. Banks and other creditors of North Little Rock businessman John Rogers are looking to McAfee to help alleviate financial headaches that began throbbing a year ago — and in some cases even longer. read more >

Bank of Little Rock Says John Rogers Misused $900K Loan

A second bank has raised questions about possible loan fraud in its dealings with North Little Rock sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers. Bank of Little Rock alleges that Rogers "intentionally misused" money and defrauded the bank after taking out a $900,000 loan in December 2013. read more >

Judge Appoints Receiver For 4 John Rogers Businesses

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza appoints Michael McAfee as receiver of four businesses once controlled by North Little Rock sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers. read more >