2012-12-24 / Front Page

‘Tis the season for open houses


Smith County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace James Cowart (right) presents outgoing Precinct 5 Constable Dennis Taylor with a plaque of appreciation Thursday (Dec. 20) during the holiday open house. Smith County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace James Cowart (right) presents outgoing Precinct 5 Constable Dennis Taylor with a plaque of appreciation Thursday (Dec. 20) during the holiday open house. In what has become a Lindale tradition, local businesses and workplaces display the Christmas spirit by hosting a series of open houses, which began this year on Dec. 14 and continuing through Dec. 21.

Area residents enjoyed the camaraderie – as well as the food and refreshments – with their friends and neighbors.

This year, Smith County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace presented outgoing Precinct 5 Constable Dennis Taylor with a plaque of appreciation for his more than three decades of service to the county.

“He’s the only constable I’ve ever worked with and he’s been a tremendous asset to the county and to all of us,’’ Cowart said.

Officials with the city of Lindale began the festivities this year with their open house on Dec. 14. Also on Dec. 14, Fleming Farm and Ranch hosted its gathering.

Things concluded on Dec. 21 with open houses at Smith County Lumber and Lindale State Bank.

In between, a Tupperware Nancy Smith Christmas Open House took place on Dec. 14; A Quilted Christmas was enjoyed at the Old Mill Pond Museum on Dec. 15 and Bank Texas hosted its open house on Dec. 19.

Amanda Froebe’s State Farm office staff welcomed visitors on Dec. 19 and on Dec. 20, Justice of the Peace James Cowart and Constable Dennis Taylor offices hosted their popular event.

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