Elizabeth Ann Gill

Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Gill was 2 1/2-years-old when she disappeared from her Cape Girardeau home in 1965 and was never found.

Premium Standard Farms

No trespassing signs at the entrance to a Premium Standard hog operation near Berlin, Mo., are shown.

The walls come down

Construction equipment rips out the walls of Stafford Hall on Thursday. The demolition of the 63-year-old residence hall is expected to be completed in September. Then work will begin on the leveling of neighboring Cramer Hall.

Stafford demolition under way

Demolition of Stafford Hall began Thursday. The hall, built in 1947, is being cleared to make room for a new hospital building.

Car sharing comes to MU

A new Toyota Prius in the Memorial Union parking lot, one of four cars available for rental at MU.

Kuettel outside Stafford Hall

Marissa Kuettel poses in the courtyard between Stafford and Cramer halls in 2006.

Stafford Hall Valentine's Day

First floor Stafford Hall residents gather in the corridor for a Valentine's Day dinner.

Stafford Hall 1970s

Kent Heitholt, former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor, lived on the ground floor of Stafford Hall in the early 1970s.

Stafford Hall corridor

An inside corridor of Stafford Hall in 2007.

Stafford Hall 2007

Spencer Ernst and friends play Catan in the 2nd floor lounge of Stafford Hall in November 2007.

Stafford Hall 2007

The outside of Stafford Hall in 2007.

Stafford Hall room

This is a typical women's room in Stafford Hall in 2006.

Demolition begins on Stafford Hall

A backhoe rips into the third floor of Stafford Hall on Thursday morning as demolition begins on the first of two dormitories this year. Stafford Hall will be replaced by University Hospital's new patient care tower. Spirtas Wrecking Company is the demolition company. Stafford was built in 1947 at the same time as three other dormitories: Johnston, Graham and Cramer halls.

Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey comic strip

Mort Walker smiles while sitting at a drawing table in this undated file photo from the Missourian archives.

Mort Walker and Cookie

Mort Walker poses with a cutout of Cookie, the Army chef in the Beetle Bailey comic strip in this undated file photo from the Missourian archives.

The evolution of Beetle Bailey

A 1984 promotion page from King Features Syndicate, Inc., shows the evolution of Beetle Bailey.

Beetle Bailey strip references The Shack

In June 1989, the Beetle Bailey strip referenced Mort Walker's days at "The Shack," which was a watering hole Walker and his friends would visit in the 1940s.

First Beetle Bailey comic strip

The first Beetle Bailey cartoon strip created by MU graduate Mort Walker included local landmarks such as Memorial Union and The Shack. The Shack, a local watering hole in the 1940s and decades later destroyed by fire, was where Walker conceived of the famous strip that eventually ran in more than 1,500 newspapers.

Stamp honors Beetle Bailey comic

This stamp depicting sad-sack soldier Beetle Bailey and his longtime foil, Sgt. Orville Snorkel, is part of the new "Sunday Funnies" series released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Beetle Bailey stamp, initially unveiled in July, is being honored for its connections to MU and mid-Missouri. Beetle Bailey's creator, Mort Walker, is a 1948 graduate of the university.

Checking times for Missouri 340 race

Bill Harris, 61, checks his time and schedule with Dan Vincent, a member of the Missouri 340 race support crew. Vincent was present at the beginning of the race in Kansas City and moved along all of the checkpoints as the rowers came ashore. On Wednesday, Easy Living, with paddlers West Hansen, of Austin, Texas, and David Kelly, of San Rafael, Calif., finished at 8:48 p.m. and won the men’s tandem division of the race and the first-place award of $600. The team set the race record for the fastest finish of for the men's tandem division in 36 hours and 48 minutes. Los Humangos Paddleos with paddlers Wally Wederich, of Yorkville Ill., and Nick Josefik, of St. Joseph, Ill., crossed the finish line at 9:02 p.m., finishing second overall. Beauties and Barnacles crossed the finish line at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, finishing the race in third with a time of 38 hours and 5 seconds. The dragon boat was the only one competing in the voyageur class of the race. The team consisted of 19 paddlers from across the country.