SNI Photo of the Month Markham and Bay City firefighters extinguish flames at a home in Markham.
April Photo of the MonthSAFE!Walker Preston reaches base successfully in this photo, which ran in the Paris news on March 13. Walker Preston just happens to be the grandson of Paris News Publisher Relan Walker.
The No. 2-ranked Pisgah High School Lady Eagles celebrate after overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit to post a 76-74 victory over No. 3 Midfield in the AHSAA Class 3A Girls Basketball State Semifinals at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The win punched Pisgah’s ticket to the State Championship and delivered a shot at redemption after finals losses in 2015 and 2017.
January Photo of the Month Lane Carter runs behind blocks from Tanner Baker (2) and Dallas Smith (52) on Woodville defensive back Adam Ramirez during Section's 47-21 win on a foggy Friday night. Photo by Charles Bowen, Jackson County Sentinel (Scottsboro)
Jeff Andrada snaps a photo of George Herrera and Kristen Harvey under a flurry of snowflakes on West San Antonio Street in New Braunfels, Texas during the 25th annual Wassailfest.
History Earned Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve celebrates after scoring the winning run on a walk-off hit by shortstop Carlos Correa in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston on October 14. The Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.
After providing meals for law enforcement and military personnel, Cayla Pittman hugs a soldier at the Harvey rescue command post on FM 521 near Angleton in early September. — Photo by Prentice James, for The Facts
Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran slides under New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius as he leaps for a bad throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. This came after a wild pitch by starting pitcher Domingo German in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon July 2, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros beat the Yankees 8-1 in their last home game before the All Star break. KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News
Here, kitty, kitty … This crisp and gorgeous photo appeared on the cover of the August issue of Charm Magazine in Lufkin, Texas. Jackie Ray shot the photo at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin. The newspaper also did a special magazine-style publication on the 50th anniversary of the zoo.
A passion for history … Kirk Roberts Stell vigorously signals officers to break up a heated argument between Brandon Lewis and Stephanie Edge on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Paris, Texas. The argument occurred after Commissioners’ Court of Lamar County met about the re-locating of the Confederate Memorial. This photo is by Lora Arnold of The Paris 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.


    Rene Guajardo - Lufkin

    SNI employee of the month

    June’s employee of the month has helped guide the Lufkin News through some significant projects in the last few months.

    Rene Guajardo has worked for The Lufkin News for 22 years.

    In his current role as our IT guru, he also handles any issues our sister paper, The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, may encounter. And those 'issues' cover almost anything and everything concerning computers, printers, email, websites, phones and cameras.



    Quote of the month

    “There's no such thing as partisanship in open government. It's everybody. It's people." — State Rep. Todd Hunter, during the Let the Sun Shine forum Thursday, May 17 in Corpus Christi.”


    SNI photo of the month

    Allen D. Fisher, Bay City Tribune

    Markham and Bay City firefighters extinguish flames at a home in Markham.



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