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Why does the flag at the National Guard Armory on 24th Street occasionally fly at half-staff? Isn't there specific protocol for this to happen?

There is specific protocol. If the governor or president or the adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard (the WNG's No. 1 officer) tells the National Guard to fly the national ensign at half-staff, Old Glory better fly at half-staff. The flag is ordered to half-staff to pay tribute to a deserving soul.

According to Lt. Col. Tim Donovan, director of public affairs for the Wisconsin National Guard, the flag flew Friday at half-staff for Green Bay firefighter Lt. Arnie Wolff, 55.

Wolff died Sunday fighting a fire in Green Bay. Gov. Jim Doyle ordered the flags at state installations flown at half-staff Friday in Wolff's honor. Wolff's funeral was Friday in Green Bay.

Donovan said the flags at guard and other state installations have flown at half-staff for the last few weeks. The governor ordered the flags to half-staff in honor of two guardsmen who died in Iraq: Spec. Steven Kastner and Sgt. Ryan Jopek.

It's important to remember that the National Guard is a state installation, and the governor is its commander in chief.

Other military installations may choose not to fly their flags at half-staff when the flags at guard installations are at half-staff.

"You might see a National Guard armory located next to an Army Reserve Center, and our flag might be at half-staff and theirs might not be," Donovan said.

Donovan said other military facilities not under the governor's control may choose to lower their flag to half-staff if they know a service member is being honored.

Donovan said all national flags are lowered to half-staff on Memorial Day and also by special order from the President. Donovan said he remembered the flags being lowered upon the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and Chief Justice William Rehnquist by order of the president.

In what year did The Journal News merge with The Racine Times-Call to become The Racine Journal Times?

The Yankees swept the Cubs in the World Series, the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped and challenger Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover in a landslide presidential victory.

All that and more happened in 1932, the same year The Racine Journal News merged with The Racine Times-Call, giving you the ancestor of the paper in your hot little hands.

The Journal Times dates to 1852 with the publication of the Racine Weekly Journal. The weekly went daily in 1856. The Journal was purchased near the close of the Civil War by noted abolitionist and war hero Col. William Utley, whose family published the newspaper for nine years.

In 1873, Frank Starbuck, son of the publisher of the Cincinnati Times, moved to Racine to become co-publisher of the Racine Daily Journal, which he owned outright by 1875.

In 1912, the newspaper's name was changed to the Racine Journal News. The newspaper opened its Burlington Bureau in 1921.

When Starbuck died in 1929, his son, Frank R. Starbuck, became publisher. Starbuck's son-in-law, J.D. McMurray, became co-publisher with Harry R. Lepoidevin in 1952. A Sunday issue was launched in 1954.

Lee Enterprises purchased the newspaper in 1968 and assumed operations upon McMurray's death and Lepoidevin's retirement in 1969. "Racine" was dropped from the flag of the newspaper in 1972, and it became known as The Journal Times.

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