Facts photo/Prentice James Four-year-old prekindergarten student Liam Atherton sits at a desk that is shielded to combat COVID-19 spread as Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Richwood prepares for the upcoming school year.
SNI Photo of the Month

Houston Astros Abraham Toro, Myles Straw and Taylor Jones watch Jose Altuve bat in the bottom of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners as photo cutouts of player’s family members fill the front row behind them on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Minute Maid Park.

Hopeful Visitation

Hope Hospice nurse Angela Ochoa visits her patient, Eddie Zipp, through his window at Sundance Inn Health Center on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. 

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung photo/Mikala Compton

Barbers give haircuts to clients at The Elite Barber Shop on Friday, May 8, 2020. Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening orders allowed for cosmetology salons, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and tanning establishments to open on that day.

Mikala Compton, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

A woman holds up her hands in praise at the National Day of Prayer service at First Capitol Park in West Columbia.
SNI Photo of the Month

A woman holds up her hands in praise at the National Day of Prayer service at First Capitol Park in West Columbia.

Facts photo/KATIE FREZZA

Game Day Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker is pushed out of bounds by LA Wildcats safety Mar'Sean Diggs after leaping over cornerback Jaylen Dunlap during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at TDECU Stadium. The Roughnecks beat the Wildcats 37-17.
SNI Photo of the Month A few girls dance in the spotlight at the Snowflakes and Diamonds Gala on Jan. 11 at the Love Civic Center. The gala benefits the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society and REACH Center.
January Photo of the MonthGo Texans! Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson gets away from New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower during the first quarter on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at NRG Stadium. The Texans beat the Patriots 28-22.
December Photo of the Month Wurstfest president Jim Hill, Harper Emerson Hill, Mollie B and Becky Hill, participate in the ceremonial biting of the sausage during the Wurstfest opening ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
-Mikala Compton, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

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

Lissa Walls, Chief Executive Officer

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.

Dolph Tillotson, Chairman of the Board

Dolph Tillotson, chairman of the board, 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 and chairman in January 2020.

Leonard Woolsey, President

With more than 30 years in the newspaper industry, Woolsey joined Southern Newspapers in 2014 after working 20 years with Paxton Media Group serving as publisher and eventually group publisher. Besides serving in smaller communities, Woolsey's experiences also include managing properties in metro markets, including St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Atlanta. Woolsey is also a longtime Rotarian, board member for America’s Newspapers, Texas Press Association as well as local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, and The Salvation Army. Woolsey is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and is married to his college sweetheart, Maryrine Woolsey. They have two adult children. In his spare time, he likes to read, write, travel, surf, and plink on a piano.

Ruby Barrow, Director of Accounting

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.


    Joanna Bartonek, The Herald-Zeitung

    SNI employee of the month

    Joanna Bartonek joined the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung graphics department in August 2018, bringing almost two decades of experience with the San Antonio Express-News.



    Quote of the month

    "We must manage every word, every story, every advertisement in our newspapers or affiliated channels with an eye to how we improve the world around us, no matter how uncomfortable or unsettling our role may be. I believe our democracy is at risk without the constructive role of local community journalism."

    —Leonard Woolsey, Southern Newspapers Inc. president, in Editor & Publisher’s 15 over 50.


    SNI photo of the month

    Prentice James, The Facts



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