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.
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, 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.
An employee with 10 years tenure at the Sand Mountain Reporter earns honors as Employee of the Month for May.
Publisher Kimberly Patterson nominated Sherrie Hall, who started with Southern Newspapers as the advertising assistant in 2008 then later moved to advertising sales.
“I am in a working mood, there is no sense of euphoria, just work to do. If we were able to do the impossible, that means we will be able to do the difficult.”
— Nikol Pashinyan, a former newspaper editor and political prisoner who on Tuesday became Armenia's interim prime minister. He galvanized a nationwide movement of civil disobedience that transformed Armenia's political landscape.
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Kynlie Davis, 4, nuzzles a duckling with her nose in a petting zoo during Spring Fest Family Fun in downtown Lufkin.
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