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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

Former Clinton Museum Store Draws $2.3M Sale (Real Deals)

610 President Clinton Avenue LLC, led by Mark Dake, bought its namesake property and former home of the Clinton Museum Store from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. read more >

Improved Activity Not Yet Triggering Industrial Construction

The occupancy rate in the Pulaski County industrial market continues to hover around 90 percent. During the first quarter this year, occupancy stood at 89.3 percent among 45.4 million SF tracked by Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange. read more >

Construction, Ownership Changes Mark Shrinking Retail Market

The vacancy rate of the 17.7 million-SF Pulaski County retail market shrunk to 4.7 percent during the first three months of 2016. read more >

Positive Numbers Provide Pleasant Surprise On Office Front

The occupancy rate of the 14.5 million-SF central Arkansas office market reached 92.8 percent during the first three months of the year. That upward tick follows first quarter rates of 91.5 percent in 2015 and 88.7 percent in 2014. read more >

Medical Malpractice Proposal Seeks Out Public Vote

Advocates of capping noneconomic damage awards in lawsuits against health care providers have taken a new tack. They want to amend the Arkansas Constitution instead of making change through the Arkansas Legislature. read more >

Cantrell Office Building Sale Exceeds $2.6 Million (Real Deals)

8114 Cantrell LLC, led by Billy Roehrenbeck, purchased its namesake project. read more >

Maumelle Motel Draws $2.4 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

New Frontier Hospitality LLC, led by Dilep and Vitesh Patel, bought the Quality Suites at 14322 Frontier Drive. read more >

Doyle Rogers Family Sells Interest In Citizens Bank

The Doyle Rogers family sold its 25.82 percent stake in the $722 million-asset lender to a descendant of another founding family: poultry pioneer J.K. Southerland. read more >

First Security Bancorp Invests in CrossFirst

First Security Bancorp of Searcy has added to its stake in an out-of-state banking concern: CrossFirst Holdings LLC of Leawood, Kansas. The $2.65 million transaction boosts FSB's direct ownership from 9.78 percent to 10.8 percent. read more >

Farmers Bank & Trust Branches Out to Wilson

Farmers Bank & Trust of Blytheville is deepening its market penetration in Mississippi County with a Wilson location. The branch affords an opportunity that belies the size of the community (population 900). read more >