From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 25, 1986:
- An open house was scheduled at Cottonwood, Inc., to familiarize local residents with the non-profit agency. Cottonwood, which traced its history back to 1963 and the Bess Stone Activity Center at 745 Ohio, was committed to serving people with developmental disabilities in Douglas and Jefferson counties. “The emphasis is on ... helping them help themselves become more integrated and productive members of our community,” said Joel Jacobs, chairman of the Cottonwood board.
- Heavy rains had slowed down the construction, but the new addition to the west side of Lawrence Memorial Hospital was now expected to open in early September, with an open house tentatively scheduled for later that month. The $1 million addition included an outpatient surgery center, now referred to as a “same-day surgery center,” and an auditorium.