Hey, it's that time of year A classmate helps another with his cap before the Nacogdoches graduation ceremony Friday, June 2, at William R. Johnson Coliseum. This photo is from The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel by Tim Mozinga.
Wrapped in Old Glory In a ceremony honoring veterans, Vietnam veteran Don Gresham is buffeted by the American flag during gusty winds on Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29. This photo is from The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel and photographer Tim Monzingo.
Batter up! Baseball season got underway the first week in April, and this photo from last season nicely illustrates the perennial frustration of Houston Astros fans. Astro Luis Valbuena sits at second base after being forced out in a double play to end the bottom of the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics last July at Minute Maid Park. Kevin M. Cox of The Galveston County Daily News shot this picture.
Mourning a Brother Officer Seguin Police Department officers and Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office deputies line FM 78 Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 for a moment of silence in remembrance of San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, fatally shot during a traffic stop. Felicia Frazar of The Gazette staff shot this striking photo.
The Magic of Light A Chinese artist creates the serpentine body of a Chinese dragon lantern at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque. More than 80 lantern artists from China built hundreds of the silk-covered lanterns for People Generation's "Magical Winter Lights" lantern festival, which ran from November to January. Galveston County Daily News photo by Jennifer Reynolds.
Celebrating The Day Of The Dead Tim Monzingo of The Nacogdoches (Tex.) Daily Sentinel shot this striking photo back in November. In it Lufkin resident Catherine Evans, a Stephen F. Austin State University Advertising Art student, poses in downtown Nacogdoches during the 2016 Dia de los Muertos Fiesta. The annual event is hosted by SFA and offers live music, food, games and art based on the Day of the Dead celebration.
One-Handed Grab Saves The Day Paris High School’s Jalon Pipkins makes a one-handed catch and turns it into a 47-yard fourth-quarter touchdown in the second round of the Class 4A Texas high school football playoffs in Longview. Pipkins’ catch and score ignited a fourth-quarter rally that pushed Paris to a 14-10 win and into the third round of the playoffs. The photo was by Lora Arnold of The Paris News staff.
Everybody, let's party! Elizabeth Avina hands beads off to parade spectators while riding in the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade during February 2016. This photo comes from Galveston’s Stuart Villanueva.
The Geometry of Cycling This photo by Galveston’s Stuart Villanueva, a frequent contributor here, plays off the striking geometry of a new bridge overpass and a contemplative cyclist. In it, a cyclist rides under Interstate 45 on a newly opened section of Bay Area Boulevard in Webster near Galveston. The photo ran in late July.
Focus, focus, 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.

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.


    Benita Rodriguez, Houston

    SNI employee of the month

    Waylon Smart, one of our IT gurus, made this recommendation. Here’s what Waylon had to say:

    Benita Rodriguez is at the top of my list.

    It’s time we recognize the staff of SNI for their work behind the scenes to get the job done. You have said repeatedly that SNI gets their monthly numbers in a timely fashion and that is not always the norm in our industry. The employees in Houston help make this possible. 



    Quote of the month

    “One of my favorite things when I go into a meeting is to say: ‘Anybody waiting for a call? Is there an emergency? If not, turn your phones off. We're here for 35 minutes or an hour ... we can focus for that.’” –
    Mike O'Neil, CEO of BMI music, quoted in The New York Times, 4-30-17.

    – Tim Wu, writing in the NYT, April 27, about Trump’s new FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and the move to end the current rules mandating net neutrality


    SNI photo of the month

    Hey, it's that time of year

    A classmate helps another with his cap before the Nacogdoches graduation ceremony Friday, June 2, at William R. Johnson Coliseum. This photo is from The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel by Tim Mozinga.



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