Charros round up a horse in the arena during the Gran Charreada at the Diaz Ranch on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Charros are skilled Mexican horsemen that date back to the 17th century.
The Houston Astros’ Derek Fisher holds Robinson Chirinos as Tony Kemp dumps a water bucket on them after an RBI hit to win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on Friday, June 7. The Astros beat the Orioles 4-3 in 11 innings.
SNI Photo of the Month

Angleton’s Danica Coffey, right, celebrates her game-tying inside-the-park home run with teammate Angel Jasso in the bottom of the eighth inning during the Class 5A state semifinal game against Forney at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin.

Game Day Patton Faith, 10, plays Connect 4 with his father during the Opening Day Street fest before a game between the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Minute Maid Park.
SNI Photo of the Month Vickey Reyes waves to cameras Friday with Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey at RiverPlace in Freeport. The two attended the Night in the Spotlight prom for students with special needs.
March Photo of the MonthLaissez les bons temps rouler Denise Reid twirls her umbrella while dancing under laser lights with other members of the Hot Flashers umbrella group before the annual Galveston County Daily News Funky Uptown Umbrella Parade in downtown Galveston on Friday, Feb. 22. The parade was part of the opening festivities of Mardi Gras Galveston 2019.
February Photo of the Month Peavy Primary first-grader Ella Kate Brown, sporting an oversized Hudson High School basketball jersey, dribbles the ball down court in a halftime relay race during the Peavy/Bonner at Hornet Gym in Hudson.
January Photo of the Month Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is introduced before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Dec. 30 at NRG Stadium. The Texans beat the Jaguars 20-3 to become the AFC South Division Champions.
BMX rider Koji Kraft, of ASA Entertainment, jumps over Navarro High School assistant principal John Pugh and Navarro High School counselor Robyn Steffen during the "No Place for Hate" performance on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Soggy Commute A woman rides her bicycle through high water past the Broadway Cemetery Historic District on 40th Street in Galveston on September 14. Heavy rains caused flooding on the island.

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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.


    Jimmy Galvan, Bay City Tribune

    SNI employee of the month

    From Brenda Burr

    I would like to nominate Jimmy Galvan, managing editor of the Bay City Tribune, for employee of the month.

    While Jimmy has been with us for right at a year, his years of experience have increased the professionalism and content of the Tribune.



    Quote of the month

     "Perhaps the achievement of paradise was premature, a little hasty, if no one could take the time to understand other languages, other views, other narratives. Had they, the heaven they imagined might have been found at their feet. Complicated, demanding, yes. But a view of heaven as life, not heaven as post-life."

    — Toni Morrison, Pulitzer prize winning novelist, in accepting the Nobel Prize.  Morrison died Monday, August 5, at 88.


    SNI photo of the month

    NBHZ photo, Mikala Compton

    Charros round up a horse in the arena during the Gran Charreada at the Diaz Ranch on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Charros are skilled Mexican horsemen that date back to the 17th century.



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