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.
At 15, Frankie Ramirez started work at The Facts. It was 1974, the paper’s offices were still in Freeport, and he cleaned the press, took out the trash and swept the floors.
That’s when we started paying him, but in reality Frankie grew up at the paper. His father, Frank M. Ramirez, had worked in the pressroom since 1948, and before he retired in 1992, he had dedicated more than 40 years of service to the paper.
“The rise of social media has been great in many ways. In a media environment with endless inputs and outlets, citizens can inform and entertain one another, organize more easily and hold their leaders accountable. But it also turns out that when everyone can customize her or her own information bubble, it’s easier for demagogues to deploy made-up facts to suit the story they want to tell.” —
From “Truth and Lies in The Age of Trump,” a New York Times editorial, Dec. 11, 2016.
Tim Monzingo, The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel
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.
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