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Barc-ee comes to Marshfield; Guaranty Bank unveils renovations

Barc-ee’s, a sprawling dog-friendly gas station, is coming to Marshfield

Barc-ee’s — not to be confused with Buc-ee’s — is planning a flagship gas station along Interstate 44 in Marshfield. Barc-ee’s hopes to differentiate itself from other stops with additional accommodations for travelers who have brought their dogs.

“When you travel with your dog, you usually just hold the leash while you pump gas,” says Barc-ee’s visionary John Lopez. Lopez is also behind ventures such as Old Route 66 Wellness dispensary, K9s for Camo Inc. and Howliday Inn Pet Resort. He also has plans to open several pharmacies in New Jersey.

Barc-ee’s will feature a 7,500-square-foot facility with a dog park, coffee shop, food options, games and a western-themed miniature city for children. The attraction aims to create a fun and convenient stop for families and their furry companions. Lopez has partnered with Sherif Magd, owner of MacCheesy’s and The Kebab Shack, to offer new dining concepts at Barc-ee’s. In addition, the gas station will display Amish pies, ice cream and antiques and is working on a deal to add a Tesla charging station.

In a nod to Buc-ee’s, Barc-ee’s plans to advertise along I-44 up to 600 miles away with billboards with friendly comments about the source of inspiration. Lopez’s legal team confirmed there are no issues with the similar names, according to a press release.

Guaranty Bank expands first floor of Farmer’s Park location

The ribbon cutting at Guaranty Bank’s Farmer’s Park location last week marked the unveiling of the bank’s efforts to increase community engagement and employee well-being.

The newly renovated first floor features a large conference room that can be divided into three meeting rooms, providing flexibility for events. The facility is also available for use by community partners and nonprofit organizations. The first floor also features a combined wealth management and private banking space, where members of both teams will work together. Employees will also benefit from a new fitness room in the office.

“We are so excited to see this project become a reality,” said Monty McNew, CEO of Guaranty Bank. “The expanded facility will not only enhance our service offerings, but also provide valuable resources for community members. We look forward to the positive impact this space will have.”

Table Rock Community Bank opens a branch in Springfield

Table Rock Community Bank has announced the opening of a Springfield branch at 3550 S. National Ave. According to a news release, the local bank is committed to supporting businesses and the economic health of the communities it serves.

Table Rock Community Bank also has locations in Branson West, Kimberling City and Crane. The new Springfield branch offers a full range of personal and business banking services. These services include checking, savings, lending services and mobile/online banking.

“Our team already has a culture and commitment to serving our customers, communities and each other in our existing markets. As we expand into Springfield, we will continue our culture of service. I am grateful for all the hard work, care and Our team’s dedication has made this expansion possible.” said Charles Hachtel, CEO of Table Rock Community Bank.

Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army team up for fan drive to beat the heat

Westlake Ace Hardware and the Salvation Army of Springfield are teaming up to host their annual fan drive to keep citizens cool in the coming summer months. The fan drive takes place until June 16.

Westlake Ace Hardware Store customers are encouraged to donate by rounding up their purchases at checkout. All donations will go towards new box fans for the Salvation Army of Springfield. If you prefer to donate online, you can do so westlakehardware.com/fan-drive.

Last year, Westlake Ace customers in Springfield donated more than $1,500, resulting in 86 box fans donated to citizens. This year, more than 125 fans will be invited by those in need in Springfield. The Fan Drive started as a grassroots initiative in Hutchinson, Kansas, and has grown to 145 Westlake-Ace stores nationwide.

Two officers, one professional, honored at the SPD’s Gold Badge Ball

On May 11, the Springfield Police Officers Association, in partnership with the Springfield Police Department, hosted the first Gold Badge Ball, celebrating the department’s past and present achievements. SPOA’s selections for Citizen of the Year, Officer of the Year and Corporal of the Year were announced at the ball.

Nominations for the award came from SPD supervisors. Three finalists were selected per category. The award winners were selected by secret ballot and announced during the banquet. The honorees were:

  • Cpl. Marcus Walker, who was named Corporal of the Year. Walker has 23 years of experience and has assisted the SPD Training Unit for the past ten years. He has worked over the years to update the lesson plans and curriculum for the Training Unit so that the courses are relevant and engaging for officers.

  • Ofc. Seth Molenaar, who was named Officer of the Year. Miller has an “impeccable” attendance record, which underlines his reliability. He has taken on leadership roles, such as acting corporal, and is a member of the Special Response Team. He also trains new officers to become Field Training Officers.

  • Police representative Alexandria Rook, who was named Citizen of the Year. Rook has received several compliments for doing his utmost to help citizens. In one case, Rook received a call from an out-of-state caller concerned about the well-being of a friend in the area. Rook was able to locate an address and request a mental health check.
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