Sheriff strengthens security at Independence County Fair after threat

As the Independence County Fair began this week, authorities were forced to heighten security over a reported threat.

Below is the full press release from the sheriff’s department:

On May 29, 2022, Independence County Sheriffs’ Department deputies were contacted by a female subject who was advised of a possible threat that would occur on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the Independence County Fair. The female complainant did not receive this threat directly and was unable to provide a full name or any information that would permit the Sheriffs’ deputies to locate a person of interest. Sheriff Shawn Stephens has strengthened security on the fairgrounds as the county fair kicked off on Monday. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Independence County Sheriffs’ Department at 870-793-8838 or

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