Area residents around the Wabash Valley can prepare to sleep in this Sunday morning as they "fall back" and return to Standard Time Saturday night, thus ending Daylight Saving Time for the year.
In 2005, in an effort to get in step with the rest of the United States, Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation to enact Daylight Saving Time.
Before the law, according to where they lived, Hoosiers were split between Eastern and Central time zones. A majority of the state's 92 counties were in the Eastern Time Zone but did not change to daylight time in April. These counties remained on year-round standard time, while two lone counties (one near Cincinnati, Ohio, and the other near Louisville, Ky.) used Daylight Saving Time.
A few counties near Chicago and some near Evansville were located in the Central Time Zone and were using both standard and daylight time.
In spring 2006, Indiana had its first official statewide time change, with Clay County officially becoming part of the Eastern Standard Time.
Since the official time change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, there are clocks and timers in use in all types of items that people will need to set back an hour before they go to bed tonight.
• Items homeowners need to remember are wristwatches, televisions, VCRs or DVD recorders/players, computers, answering machines, microwaves and the dashboard clocks on their vehicles. (People might also want to check their cell phones or briefly turn the unit off Sunday morning to allow their provider time to adjust the internal clock.)
• Management at local businesses and school officials should remember to adjust time clocks, alarm systems with timers, automated announcement systems and the time codes on automated phone servers.
Even though the spring time change allows people to take advantage of longer summer evenings and potential energy savings, the controversy of how to best implement Benjamin Franklin's idea still rages on. This is evident today as several counties within Indiana are still trying to figure out which time zone to be a part of.
For example, Indiana residents living in Daviess, Knox, Martin, Pike and Dubois counties will not need to change their clocks Saturday because they are officially changing from Central to the Eastern Time Zone.
The next time Hoosiers have to adjust their clocks will be on the second Sunday in March 2008, when clocks will "spring forward" to start the 34 weeks of Daylight Saving Time.