SNI Photo of the Month Houston Texans running back Rex Burkhead dives past the pylon for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021 at NRG Stadium. Daily News photo/Kevin M. Cox
SNI Photo of the Month

Veterans who belong to American Legion Mattson-Ringgold Post 503 wave flags Nov. 11 as they move along the Veterans Day parade route in Freeport.

Photo: JEREMY HILL/The Facts

November Photo of the Month Adriana Tovar of the Danzantes de Corazon dance group dances at the Dia de los Muertos Festival Sunday, Oct. 23 in New Braunfels. The live festival marked its return in 2021, after being canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alma Hernandez / New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

SNI Photo of the MonthHouston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is sprayed with water after hitting a walk-off single to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 at Minute Maid Park.

Photo by Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News

September Photo of the MonthA plume of black smoke rises as fire consumes a semi-truck and four other vehicles on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 on Interstate 10 at State Highway 123 Bypass. The chain reaction wreck resulted three deaths and left several injured, including a Seguin police officer.
Photo: Felicia Frazar/SEGUIN GAZETTE
October Photo of the Month

The Kerrville community gathers in Louise Hayes Park in Kerrville to view Fourth of July fireworks. Festivities included a free concert provided by Robert Earl Keen and other musicians, which drew thousands of visitors from the nearby community and beyond.

-Samuel Beaver/The Kerrville Daily Times.

GalvNews photo/Kevin M. Cox Baltimore Orioles right fielder Austin Hays robs the Houston Astros' Kyle Tucker of a home run in the bottom of the second inning on Monday, June 28, 2021 at Minute Maid Park.
SNI Photo of the Month

Gustavo Silva, 12, kicks a soccer ball on the beach near the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston on Friday, May 28, 2021.  Silva and his family are visiting the island from Kansas City for the Memorial Day weekend.


Stuart Villanueva/Galveston County Daily News

SNI Photo of the MonthRhyann Houston, 4, and her friends watch the annual Mutton Bustin’ contest at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock on Sunday, April 11, 2021. 

Jennifer Reynolds/Galveston County Daily News

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Houston Cougars guard Tramon Mark (12) is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a three-point buzzer-beater to win the game against the Memphis Tigers on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the Fertitta Center.

Kevin M. Cox/Galveston County Daily News

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 board of PAGE Cooperative and is president of the Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation. She is a past board member of The Associated Press, Mutual Insurance Company, Southern Newspapers Publishers Association, Southern Newspapers Publishers Association Foundation and UTMB Development Board. She is a trustee emerita of 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.