For the first time in months, trucks pulled into the parking lots of bars across Angelina County and the sounds of games, laughing and loud music spilled out to meet new arrivals.

Angelina County Judge Don Lymbery applied, and was allowed, to reopen the bars to 50% capacity following a directive issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 7. And county residents took Lymbery up on the offer.

Bubba T's

A steady crowd at Bubba T’s enjoyed reconnecting with friends, playing pool and drinking. The bar has been closed for months, and bartenders and patrons alike were thrilled to be back.

The Country Club

Patrons at The Country Club on U.S. Highway 69 south toward Huntington enjoy their first night back. Most practiced social distancing, some played pool in the back and some enjoyed an electronic golf tournament.

Jess Huff's email address is jess.huff@lufkindailynews.com.