(Hannibal)—"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog"-- Excerpts from a speech given by Mark Twain in 1900.

And change is in the air for the school bearing his name as old gives way to new this weekend while crews continue the demolition of the original Mark Elementary School located on Bird Street in Hannibal.

Cathy Jennings is the library clerk at the school. She felt some nostalgia as she witnessed the old building coming down, but says she has enjoyed her career at the old Mark Twain and looks forward to more good years in the modern one-level structure scheduled to be student ready for the first day of school august 23.