HARRISBURG — An effort to pay permanent tribute to a local soldier killed in the war on terrorism has moved a step closer to reality.
A panel of legislators at the state Capitol approved a proposal to honor U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Glen H. Stivison Jr., a Blairsville-area native killed by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan in October 2009, by naming the interchange of Routes 22 and 119 in Burrell Township in his memory.
At the same time, the state House Transportation Committee approved a measure that would memorialize Indiana High School standout athlete James Nance, who died in 1992 after a storied career in collegiate wrestling and professional football.
Community sports figures have campaigned to rename North Fifth Street in Indiana Borough and its extension, North Fifth Avenue in White Township, as James Nance Boulevard.
Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, reported that the committee approved House Bills 1410 and 1665, the measures that would honor the men by placing their names on state-owned roads.
As with all legislation, the bills must be considered and approved by the full House and the Senate, and be signed by the governor, before they take effect.
“I’m proud to honor Staff Sergeant Stivison’s service to his nation,” Reed said in a release. “I am hopeful that this designation will raise awareness of his sacrifice.
“Jim Nance had a very successful professional football career as a fullback with several teams. … He is regarded as one of the best players in (Boston/New England) Patriots history and is a member of its hall of fame,” he added.