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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

Timeline: Scott Reed's Development Doings in Little Rock

A year-by-year look at Oregon developer Scott Reed's involvement in Main Street projects in Little Rock. read more >

Lawsuit, Liens Hit Scott Reed's Main Street Projects

Contractors have more than $1.5 million in claims for unpaid work on two unfinished Main Street redevelopments in downtown Little Rock. The liens and lawsuit add to a track record of overreaching, underfinanced, subsidy-supported development in the city. read more >

Little Rock Warehouse Sells for Almost $1.8M (Real Deals)

A 166,800-SF warehouse in south Little Rock weighed in at $1.78 million. Essick Air Products Inc. of Little Rock purchased the 3700 W. 65th St. project from 3700 West 65th LLC, led by Rick Ferguson. read more >

'Scooter' Stuart Family, Bank Reach Settlement Over $14.9M Forfeiture

A tentative settlement has been reached in the civil forfeiture of $14.9 million seized from Layton "Scooter" Stuart and his estate. The development has led to the postponement of the scheduled start of a trial in U.S. District Court on Aug. 17. read more >

Simmons First National Ramps Up Growth Via Acquisition

Simmons First National Corp. covered some serious ground among growth-minded Arkansas lenders on the acquisition trail. Tandem out-of-state, stock-swap purchases during the first quarter increased the size of the Pine Bluff bank holding company by a whopping 65 percent. read more >

NLR Medical Office Draws $1.1M Sale (Real Deals)

Innovative Real Estate LLC, led by Ahmed Ghaleb, bought the former home of Stonebriar Imaging at 3320 Springhill Drive from Arvest Bank of Fayetteville. read more >

John Rogers to be Released Today

John Rogers will be released from the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility today after agreeing to cooperate with First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville. read more >

Judge Orders Liquidation of Allied Bank Parent Company

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ben Barry orders the liquidation of Acme Holding Co., the parent company of Allied Bank of Mulberry. read more >

Found in Contempt of Court, John Rogers Arrested

Alleged serial fraudster John Rogers was arrested last night at the Fox & Hound sports tavern in North Little Rock. read more >

Six Arkansas Banks Expand Their State Network

Six lenders made moves to grow their Arkansas branch network during the first half of 2015. Little Rock's Bank of the Ozarks and Citizens Bank of Batesville were the most active with three new projects each. read more >