Gatesville honors Rusty Garrett for years of service to Food for Families

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) The City of Gatesville and residents of Coryell County turned out big to wish retiring weatherman Rusty Garrett farewell as the Change in the Weather tour made a stop at the Coryell County Courthouse Tuesday.

Garrett who's retiring after 30-years at KWTX has been a beloved adopted member of Coryell County following years of broadcasting in Gatesville for our annual Food For Families food drive.

Deral McWhorter, a local minister who also runs the Gatesville Care Center pantry, wasn’t able to attend the festivities but recorded a message that KWTX General Manager Josh Young played for the crowd.

“Congratulations Rusty on this retirement of yours. It makes me sad in one sense and makes me rejoice with you in another,” McWhorter said.
“I want you to know, dear friend, that we've scaled a lot of heights and raised a lot of bars through the years because of Food for Families and I want to thank you for all you've done to make that the success it has been.”

Both the county and the city issued proclamations as Tuesday was declared “Rusty Garrett Day” in the area.

Coryell County Judge Roger Miller presented Rusty with the county’s proclamation saying, “I can't begin to tell you what you've meant to our community, our county and Central Texas in general for all those years. We wake up with you in the morning and go to sleep with you at night.”

The Change in the Weather tour continues Wednesday with a stop at the Limestone County Courthouse in Groesbeck followed by a stop at the Belton courthouse Thursday.

The tour includes free Blue Bell Ice Cream for those who attend, kids' activities, giveaways and entertainment by The Gordon Collier Band.