Everybody, let's party! Elizabeth Avina hands beads off to parade spectators while riding in the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade during February 2016. This photo comes from Galveston’s Stuart Villanueva.
The Geometry of Cycling This photo by Galveston’s Stuart Villanueva, a frequent contributor here, plays off the striking geometry of a new bridge overpass and a contemplative cyclist. In it, a cyclist rides under Interstate 45 on a newly opened section of Bay Area Boulevard in Webster near Galveston. The photo ran in late July.
Focus, focus, focus North Lamar High School junior shortstop Madison Morrison lays out for a fly ball Thursday, June 2, during the Class 4A state semifinals against Needville at the University of Texas at Austin. This photo is by The Paris News Sports Reporter Kevin Kues.
Cute kid – the picture that never fails Nick Schneider, 18 months, enjoys a cup of Fro-Yo at The Frozen Swirl in Bay City. The new frozen yogurt shop is located next to Rue 21 on Highway 35. It opened in March. Publisher Brandon Cox took this photo.
Celebrating A Big Win... From the Baytown Sun … Goose Creek Memorial volleyball players celebrate after winning a playoff match against Crosby at Channelview High School several months ago. The Patriots won in three sets. Photo by Amy Epperson.
Taking Dead Aim This photo is from a deer-hunting feature we (Bay City Tribune) did for the January/February issue of Bay City Magazine.
Casting the Net … Mason Shaw, 7, of Santa Fe, Texas, tosses his cast net into the water while fishing with his father in a low lying area off of the Gulf Freeway near the Galveston Causeway last August. This photo comes from Stuart Villanueva, who is this month's SNI Employee of The Month.
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.

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_vahldiek

    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.

  • dolph

    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.


    Shannon J. Allen

    SNI employee of the month

    Shannon Allen has been quietly doing his thing in Albertville from before the day we bought the paper. He has been a key member of our staff there, as noted by publisher Jonathan Stinson:

    “Shannon started working for The Reporter in May of 1988. That’s 28 years. It was his first job out of college, and he’s been here ever since.



    Quote of the month

    “Now if this America, whose essence is openness, whose first question is not ‘Where do you come from?’ but ‘What can you do for me?’ becomes consumed by rage, then it is lost. Rage is a closing of the mind. Anger against the foreigner, against the outsider and against the other may offer some consolation in times of difficulty or dread but they lead away from itself. They offer the spirit of suspicion in place of the spirit of ‘Sure.’”
    “They undercut American decency. They replace the draw of the next frontier and of the unknown with the dead end of walls. Rage is also a form of dishonesty because it precludes the reflection that leads to truth.”
    – Roger Cohen, NYT, 10-22-16, on “The beautiful American word, Sure."


    SNI photo of the month

    Stuart Villanueva, The Daily News

    Elizabeth Avina hands beads off to parade spectators while riding in the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade during February 2016. This photo comes from Galveston’s Stuart Villanueva.



    Southern Newspapers is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. interested in joining us, but not sure where to start? We've got you covered. Just sent your resume and cover letter to: