Focus, forus, focus North Lamar High School junior shortstop Madison Morrison lays out for a fly ball Thursday, June 2, during the Class 4A state semifinals against Needville at the University of Texas at Austin. This photo is by The Paris News Sports Reporter Kevin Kues.
Cute kid – the picture that never fails Nick Schneider, 18 months, enjoys a cup of Fro-Yo at The Frozen Swirl in Bay City. The new frozen yogurt shop is located next to Rue 21 on Highway 35. It opened in March. Publisher Brandon Cox took this photo.
Celebrating A Big Win... From the Baytown Sun … Goose Creek Memorial volleyball players celebrate after winning a playoff match against Crosby at Channelview High School several months ago. The Patriots won in three sets. Photo by Amy Epperson.
Taking Dead Aim This photo is from a deer-hunting feature we (Bay City Tribune) did for the January/February issue of Bay City Magazine.
Casting the Net … Mason Shaw, 7, of Santa Fe, Texas, tosses his cast net into the water while fishing with his father in a low lying area off of the Gulf Freeway near the Galveston Causeway last August. This photo comes from Stuart Villanueva, who is this month's SNI Employee of The Month.
A real train wreck … Texas Department of Transportation employees worked in the rain on the morning of Dec. 13 at the railroad trestle over Loop 287 near U.S. Highway 69 north in Lufkin, where high winds blew numerous train cars off the rails. Photo by ANDY ADAMS.
TOO MUCH FUN! This little girl was caught playing last summer at the newly opened splash pad at Park West in Seguin. Photo by Jessica Kuhn.
True, Deep Love Justin Rossow of Danbury gets a snuggle from his cow, Kahlua, as they wait near the show arena Tuesday (Oct. 13) during the Brazoria County Fair. Photo by Holly Parker. Note from Yvonne Mintz - This is the student’s registered breeding heifer, so it was not auctioned for meat. When we posted this as our Facebook cover photo, there was much concern about the sweet animal's fate.
Football Time in Texas Bay City Blackcat defensive end Ethan Ryman (11) and defensive lineman Russo Thomas (28) get to Panther quarterback Clayton Roberts for a big sack, causing an interception in the first quarter of Friday night’s game in Houston (Sept. 18). Photo by Brandon Cox.
Rising TideIn this photo, shot on August 22, Mason Shaw, 7, tosses his cast net in a low-lying area of Galveston Bay off Interstate 45 north of Galveston. The photo ran with an enterprise story titled “Rising seas and shrinking lands: Is Galveston prepared to combat sea level rise?”
Ring of FireStuart Villanueva of Galveston shot this spectacular photo while hanging upside down on a Ferris wheel. In it, Lacey Byrket, 11, and Madison Raanes, 13, both of Santa Fe, Texas, laugh and scream upside-down while riding the Ring of Fire at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in April. The picture will be the September photo of the month in Editor and Publisher magazine.
Fiery InfernoLeo B. Lytle III, who lives near Ryan Chapel Methodist Church off FM 2497 in Diboll, Texas, leans on a tree as he watches the front of the church collapse in flames recently. Lytle, associate pastor at Faith Family Church in Burke, is a woodworker and said he built the front doors of the Ryan Chapel church. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
Flying FielderJennifer Reynolds of Galveston says sometimes you just have to get lucky, as she did in snagging this great shot at a spring baseball game. Clear Creek (north Galveston County) left fielder Austin Adams makes a diving catch for the out in the second inning Saturday, May 23, against the Pearland Oilers at Jim Kethan Field in Deer Park.
Grand CharreadaA charro (cowboy) attempts to trip a steer on April 5, 2014 during the Grand Charreada at Diaz Ranch in New Braunfels. Herald-Zeitung photo Laura McKenzie.
Andy AdamsDiboll (TX) firefighters William Valentine and Ruben Terrazas battle a blaze that claimed three 18-wheeler cabs at Fleetwood Transportation on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lufkin in Burke. The blaze started with the center truck and quickly spread to the neighboring rigs, according to reports from the scene. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)

THANK YOU for taking the time to learn more about Southern Newspapers, Inc. Your interest in our company is very gratifying. This web site presents a quick look at SNI. It tells a bit about the people who run Southern and something about each of its newspaper properties. Before you read the details, however, it may be useful to give you an overview of the company's basic approach and philosophy.

Our Philosophy
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    Lissa Walls, CEO

    Lissa Walls, CEO, has been in the newspaper business since 1980. She began her career as a reporter for the Rosenberg (Texas) Herald Coaster owned by Hartman Newspapers, Inc. and became COO of SNI in 1985. She was elected CEO in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Mutual Insurance Company, PAGE and Trinity University. She was born in Guntersville, Alabama and moved to the Houston, Texas, area with her family in 1973. She is a 1980 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Walls lives in Houston, Texas.

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    Dolph Tillotson, President

    Dolph Tillotson, president, has been in the newspaper business since 1969. He began his career in news, and he has served as general manager, publisher and president for two community newspaper companies – Southern and Boone Newspapers, Inc.

    He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a 1972 graduate of the University of Alabama.

    Tillotson lives in Galveston, Texas, with his wife, Teri. He came to work for Southern in 1987 as publisher of The Galveston County Daily News. He was named president of SNI in March 2014.

  • Ruby Barrow, Director of Accounting/Treasurer and Secretary

    Ruby Barrow, director of accounting/treasurer and secretary, has been in the newspaper business since 1992.

    Barrow began her career as a data entry clerk for Southern Newspapers, Inc. and has served as data entry supervisor, payroll manager, general ledger supervisor and accounting manager.

    She was elected secretary in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspapers Inc. Medical and 401(k) Plans. She was born in El Campo, Texas, and moved to the Houston area with her family in 1969.

    Barrow lives in Houston with her husband, Bart Barrow, and their three children.


    Jesus Rolando Cardenas

    SNI employee of the month

    “Jesus Rolando Cardenas joined the Del Rio News-Herald as a typesetter over 20 years ago and quickly found room at the top of the department. He left for a very brief period when his noticeable talent earned him another opportunity, but like most people he learned that he couldn’t get the ink out of his blood. 

    “Known as Roland at our office, he spends most days doing way more than any normal composing manager or art director. Roland spends time serving commercial print customers, performing IT-related tasks, forming creative materials for clients and probably a hundred other things he is asked to do in multiple departments. 



    Quote of the month

    “I love really smart people, but I love most really smart people who are focused on the good of the company before themselves. That gets my respect like nothing else. It’s a unique combination to find somebody who is so capable and smart, but who has some level of humility about their place in the entire ecosystem.” – Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder of Joyus, video shopping network, quoted in the New York Times, July 10, 2016. "
    – E&P, June 3, 2016


    SNI photo of the month

    Kevin Kues, The Paris News

    North Lamar High School junior shortstop Madison Morrison lays out for a fly ball Thursday, June 2, during the Class 4A state semifinals against Needville at the University of Texas at Austin. This photo is by The Paris News Sports Reporter Kevin Kues.



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