A real train wreck … Texas Department of Transportation employees worked in the rain on the morning of Dec. 13 at the railroad trestle over Loop 287 near U.S. Highway 69 north in Lufkin, where high winds blew numerous train cars off the rails. Photo by ANDY ADAMS.
TOO MUCH FUN! This little girl was caught playing last summer at the newly opened splash pad at Park West in Seguin. Photo by Jessica Kuhn.
True, Deep Love Justin Rossow of Danbury gets a snuggle from his cow, Kahlua, as they wait near the show arena Tuesday (Oct. 13) during the Brazoria County Fair. Photo by Holly Parker. Note from Yvonne Mintz - This is the student’s registered breeding heifer, so it was not auctioned for meat. When we posted this as our Facebook cover photo, there was much concern about the sweet animal's fate.
Football Time in Texas Bay City Blackcat defensive end Ethan Ryman (11) and defensive lineman Russo Thomas (28) get to Panther quarterback Clayton Roberts for a big sack, causing an interception in the first quarter of Friday night?s game in Houston (Sept. 18). Photo by Brandon Cox.
Rising TideIn this photo, shot on August 22, Mason Shaw, 7, tosses his cast net in a low-lying area of Galveston Bay off Interstate 45 north of Galveston. The photo ran with an enterprise story titled “Rising seas and shrinking lands: Is Galveston prepared to combat sea level rise?”
Ring of FireStuart Villanueva of Galveston shot this spectacular photo while hanging upside down on a Ferris wheel. In it, Lacey Byrket, 11, and Madison Raanes, 13, both of Santa Fe, Texas, laugh and scream upside-down while riding the Ring of Fire at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in April. The picture will be the September photo of the month in Editor and Publisher magazine.
Fiery InfernoLeo B. Lytle III, who lives near Ryan Chapel Methodist Church off FM 2497 in Diboll, Texas, leans on a tree as he watches the front of the church collapse in flames recently. Lytle, associate pastor at Faith Family Church in Burke, is a woodworker and said he built the front doors of the Ryan Chapel church. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
Flying FielderJennifer Reynolds of Galveston says sometimes you just have to get lucky, as she did in snagging this great shot at a spring baseball game. Clear Creek (north Galveston County) left fielder Austin Adams makes a diving catch for the out in the second inning Saturday, May 23, against the Pearland Oilers at Jim Kethan Field in Deer Park.
Grand CharreadaA charro (cowboy) attempts to trip a steer on April 5, 2014 during the Grand Charreada at Diaz Ranch in New Braunfels. Herald-Zeitung photo Laura McKenzie.
Andy AdamsDiboll (TX) firefighters William Valentine and Ruben Terrazas battle a blaze that claimed three 18-wheeler cabs at Fleetwood Transportation on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lufkin in Burke. The blaze started with the center truck and quickly spread to the neighboring rigs, according to reports from the scene. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
Jennifer ReynoldsDaily News Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds was honored for this photo in the annual Southern Newspaper Publishers Association photo contest. Reynolds? image of police officers apprehending a murder suspect following a standoff in Texas City on Jan. 15 took third place in the spot news category. The award was given during the SNPA?s annual conference in Charlottesville, VA.
Van Vleck LeopardsBay City recently ran this creative shot by Brandon Cox. Van Vleck Leopards senior QB Coleby Calk and WR/DB Teran Casey do their signature handshake one final time before exiting the Leopard tunnel after halftime in the regional semi-final. The contest was held at Memorial Stadium in Victoria, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 28.
Tiny (Levitating) DancerAnya York, 5, jumps up and down while waiting backstage with other tiny dancers from the Galveston Ballet during the annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston. The event featured the lighting of the hotel's 35-foot tree, musical performances and a visit from Santa. STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News.
In the Pumpkin PatchOlivia Rose Randle, 2, looks for the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches. Photo by Andrew D. Brosig, The Daily Sentinel, published Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
ScoringSeventh-grader Jazquel Coleman goes over the top for a touchdown during Lufkin Middle School's seventh-grade "Super Bowl" recently. Coleman's score represented the only points for the White team, which finished the game in a 6-6 tie with the Purple team. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
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Carmage Walls"I believe our democracy and the way of life in the country could not be continued without our free press."
Carmage Walls"I believe that the editorial opinion is not as important and influential as it once was; but, nevertheless, it is still important. It is all important still to keep the public honestly informed."
Carmage Walls"I am convinced that too many newspapers are edited to please the publisher-owner-editor without enough regard to the reader."
Carmage Walls"I have two yardsticks by which to measure the efficiency of the editorial product:
number of stories in the allocated news space;
the qualitative factor in the construction of the story."
Carmage Walls"As to a newspaper's position in the controversial South relative to the integration problems, I am in favor of a middle road. I agree with the methods followed generally in North Carolina. We are a part of the United States, and we must so consider."
Carmage Walls"I believe it the duty of a news editor to cut the superfluous "hay" out of stories but give a greater number of stories in less space. By so doing you serve the majority of the reading public and keep them better informed."

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
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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.


    Paul Bryant

    SNI employee of the month

    Nac’s city editor Paul Bryant came to The Daily Sentinel in May 2012 after overseeing the editorial departments of three publications in the Tyler area for three years. 



    Quote of the month

    “We manage what we monitor … If we want something to count in our lives, we should figure out a way to count it … A secret of adulthood (cribbed from Voltaire) is ‘Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.’ Monitoring makes it possible to remember everything I’ve accomplished.” – Gretchen Rubin, “Better than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits.”


    SNI photo of the month

    Andy Adams, The Lufkin News

    Texas Department of Transportation employees worked in the rain on the morning of Dec. 13 at the railroad trestle over Loop 287 near U.S. Highway 69 north in Lufkin, where high winds blew numerous train cars off the rails (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News).



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