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.
From Yvonne Mintz
Our SNI employee of the month for February just celebrated his 40th anniversary as an employee of The Facts.
Steve Martin began working at the Facts on May 1, 1974, when The Facts was located in the old building in Freeport and Mr. Nabors was publisher.
"It’s an expression that has always grated on me. In democratic government, elected officials do not have power. They hold power — in trust for the people who elected them. If they misuse or abuse that public trust, it is quite properly revoked (the quicker the better)."
-John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1955 to 2015. Dingell was the longest-serving member of Congress in American history. He dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) on Feb. 7, the day he died, per the Washington Post.
CARA CAMPBELL/The Lufkin Daily News
Peavy Primary first-grader Ella Kate Brown, sporting an oversized Hudson High School basketball jersey, dribbles the ball down court in a halftime relay race during the Peavy/Bonner at Hornet Gym in Hudson.
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