This is somewhat bittersweet, as my first real Torah teacher, William "Bill" Riley, has left for his home state of Wisconsin. He taught drilled into me the line-by-line, verse-by-verse concepts of the Torah and the New Testament's Hebraic tradition from 2002 to 2009. Waxahachie and Ellis County will be missing a massive piece to the Torah puzzle now that he's gone. The status of Olive Tree Ministries is up in the air as well, unfortunately. Someone needs to fill the void.
On the other side, Riley served as an adult probation officer for Ellis County. It was a conversation with him about Kevin's House (and the dismissal of allegations against director Richard Jackson) several years ago that led to the dismantling of the entire underreported chaos that was the half-way house...which, by the way, is now back in business under a new name: "Boarding House." I for one would not cry one tear if that place imploded or one of Jackson's many victims of sexual and economic assault torched the place. Jackson is still working in Ellis County, but lives in Keller where certain individuals' probation sentences are carried out in the man's house. Truly disturbing.
But let's keep things separate: one side is the religious upbringing, the second is what what does professionally. Some people, for whatever emotional blindness they have, will mix the two, but I can honestly say Riley was the best teacher I've ever had.
The Adult Probation Department gets a new boss on Jan. 1, 2011, as Bob Carroll takes over from the tyrannical Judge Gene Knize, R-Ennis.