Linton Stockton Chamber of Commerce reveals 2024 FF Hall of Fame pick Jeff Sparks

Thursday, June 27, 2024
Jeff Sparks

The Linton Stockton Chamber of Commerce annually bestows the titles of Freedom Festival Hall of Fame and Freedom Festival Parade Marshal on the winners during a ceremony/Chamber meeting held at Linton’s Elks Lodge.

This year’s announcement took place June 27.

The 2024 Freedom Festival Hall of Fame recipient is Jeff Sparks.

Sparks arrived in Linton in 1980 as a teacher for the Ag program at Linton Stockton High School.

In 2000, he transitioned into administration, becoming the principal of Linton Stockton Middle School, retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Sparks has donated his time and his talents to a number of community events and organizations. He represented Linton District 6 as a member of the Linton City Council, he is a volunteer with Greene County 4-H and regularly assists the Greene County Humane Society with their Bark or Treat and other events. He is involved with the Greene County Democrats organization and is an active member of the Linton Civitan Club, serving as a past president and as the chairperson of Civitan’s annual Toys for Tots/Clothe-A-Child programs.

The Chamber’s Hall of Fame past-distinguished recipients include Paul and Bryan Correll, Dr. Homer Moore, Wilma Roush, Delmar Hasler, Sue Knoll, Jimmy K and Connie Wright, Gayle and Jerry Margraf, Fran Abbott, Rev. Erica and Mike Roth, Nigel Lehman, Mike and Marsha Kelley, Bill Cravens, Noble Stallons, Bob Moss, Clarence Creager, Sherman Anderson, Joe Angell, Ted Bishop, Bob Bradford and others.

Criteria considered in the selection of the Freedom Festival Hall of Fame recipient are as follows:

• Nominee can be living or deceased; age is not a factor.

• Nominee must have made a substantial contribution to the Linton community through his or her profession and service to others in one or more of the following areas: charitable work, service to youth programs, volunteer projects, innovative programs and procedures which benefit the people, has made or is making Linton a better place in which to live and raise a family and other noteworthy contributions.

• Nominee stands out among his or her peers in his or her profession or chosen field of endeavor.

• Nominee has attributes which endear him or her to fellow citizens.

• Nominee’s contributions to society are more than the following: just being a good citizen, amassing money, gaining property and making a good living.

The 2023 Freedom Festival Hall of Fame recipient was Kathy Matthews.

The 2024 Linton Freedom Festival Parade will be held on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. in downtown Linton.

The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the promotion and stimulation of the economy of the Linton community and Greene County, to enhance the quality of life through business, industry and recreation. For more information, visit www.lintonchamber.org.

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