Mayors recognize Hillcrest transitional program

Kansas City Kan., Mayor Mark Holland, Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart and Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington today recognized the Hillcrest Transitional Housing Center program with a joint proclamation. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Three mayors got together today to make a proclamation on behalf of Hillcrest Transitional Housing Center, 728 N. 31st St., Kansas City, Kan.

The event was packed with kids and community members who heard the proclamations from Kansas City Kan., Mayor Mark Holland, Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington and Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart.

The Hillcrest program, according to information from the center, is designed to move families and youth from homelessness to self-sufficiency. It is designed to give homeless families and youth the motivation and training needed to break the poverty-welfare cycle and lead an independent life.

The program offers tough love with a caring environment, according to information from the center. It meets housing needs with a furnished apartment, and provides professional services such as medical, auto repair and legal assistance, weekly counseling sessions for problem-solving, employment, budgeting, and parenting.

After the homeless get on their feet with a new job and a new place to live, they are provided with continued counseling and encouragement, according to information from the center.

For more information, call 913-400-2573 or 913-827-8464 or visit the website,


Fire on North 68th under investigation

A fire at a home at 2330 N. 68th St. Tuesday morning is under investigation, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

At 9:43 a.m. April 1, crews went to the fire and found light smoke coming from the one-story home.

They found fire in the basement and the attic.

No one was in the structure, the spokesman said.

The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes.

The fire investigator is looking into the cause of the fire. Power was already off at the home.

The estimated damage to the structure and contents was $20,000, the spokesman said. There were no injuries.

Burn ban still in effect

A burn ban is still in effect today for Kansas City, Kan.
A spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department stated that there is an outdoor fire risk today because of dry conditions, and the wind is a factor.
All residents who have burn permits today are asked to refrain from any outdoor burning until further notice, the spokesman said.
Any resident with a burn permit for today may go to the nearest fire station to request a burn permit for whenever the burn ban is lifted, according to the spokesman. Outdoor burn permits must be issued 24 hours before the three-day burn permit starts.