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.
Cute kid – the picture that never fails Nick Schneider, 18 months, enjoys a cup of Fro-Yo at The Frozen Swirl in Bay City. The new frozen yogurt shop is located next to Rue 21 on Highway 35. It opened in March. Publisher Brandon Cox took this photo.
Celebrating A Big Win... From the Baytown Sun … Goose Creek Memorial volleyball players celebrate after winning a playoff match against Crosby at Channelview High School several months ago. The Patriots won in three sets. Photo by Amy Epperson.

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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.

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    April Turner - Lufkin and Sulphur Springs

    SNI employee of the month

    Nominated by Jenniffer Ricks:

    “It’s fitting that our April employee of the month should be named April – April Turner of Lufkin’s ad staff, and soon to be ad director in our new acquisition, the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Here’s what Jenniffer Ricks had to say in nominating April...

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    Quote of the month

    "...There are also excellent reasons to think that online life breeds narcissism, alienation and depression, that it’s an opiate for the lower classes and an insanity-inducing influence on the politically engaged … The era of the Internet has been, thus far, an era of bubbles, stagnation and democratic decay – hardly a golden age whose customs must be left inviolate.

    "So a digital temperance movement would start by resisting the wiring of everything, and seek to create more spaces in which Internet use is illegal, discouraged or taboo."

    – Ross Douthat, New York Times, March 12, 2017.

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    SNI photo of the month

    Kevin M. Cox, The Galveston County Daily News

    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.

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