Hunter Van Houtte, 1, of New Braunfels, works on strumming his guitar as he listens to the J Abram Band at the Landa Park dance slab in New Braunfels on September 2. The concert was part of the Live at Landa series postponed from Independence Day because of inclement weather. Following the concert, a fireworks show lit up the night sky.
A streaker dodges security guards in center field after a game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Flag Day Bill Teague unfurls one of the American flags being installed at Sunset Memorial Park in honor of Flag Day. Teague and nine other volunteers from the Nacogdoches Rotary Club placed the flags along the cemetery’s main road and struck the colors Thursday afternoon.
SNI Photo of the Month Markham and Bay City firefighters extinguish flames at a home in Markham.
April Photo of the MonthSAFE!Walker Preston reaches base successfully in this photo, which ran in the Paris news on March 13. Walker Preston just happens to be the grandson of Paris News Publisher Relan Walker.
The No. 2-ranked Pisgah High School Lady Eagles celebrate after overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit to post a 76-74 victory over No. 3 Midfield in the AHSAA Class 3A Girls Basketball State Semifinals at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The win punched Pisgah’s ticket to the State Championship and delivered a shot at redemption after finals losses in 2015 and 2017.
January Photo of the Month Lane Carter runs behind blocks from Tanner Baker (2) and Dallas Smith (52) on Woodville defensive back Adam Ramirez during Section's 47-21 win on a foggy Friday night. Photo by Charles Bowen, Jackson County Sentinel (Scottsboro)
Jeff Andrada snaps a photo of George Herrera and Kristen Harvey under a flurry of snowflakes on West San Antonio Street in New Braunfels, Texas during the 25th annual Wassailfest.
History Earned Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve celebrates after scoring the winning run on a walk-off hit by shortstop Carlos Correa in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston on October 14. The Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.
After providing meals for law enforcement and military personnel, Cayla Pittman hugs a soldier at the Harvey rescue command post on FM 521 near Angleton in early September. — Photo by Prentice James, for The Facts

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.


    Stephanie Page, Sulphur Springs News-Telegram

    SNI employee of the month

    Stephanie Page just marked her 24th Anniversary at the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. She came to the paper as a receptionist in 1994. Since then, she has worked her way up to her current role as business manager.



    Quote of the month

    As consumers, as users, we love these tech companies. But as citizens, as workers, and as entrepreneurs, we recognize that their power is troubling. We need a new framework, a new vocabulary for how to assess and address their dominance.

    — Lina Khan, 29, advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, who as a law student published “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” in the Yale Law Journal. 


    SNI photo of the month

    Photo by KEITH E. DOMKE | Herald-Zeitung

    Hunter Van Houtte, 1, of New Braunfels, works on strumming his guitar as he listens to the J Abram Band at the Landa Park dance slab in New Braunfels on September 2.



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