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
Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran slides under New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius as he leaps for a bad throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. This came after a wild pitch by starting pitcher Domingo German in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon July 2, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros beat the Yankees 8-1 in their last home game before the All Star break. KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News
Here, kitty, kitty … This crisp and gorgeous photo appeared on the cover of the August issue of Charm Magazine in Lufkin, Texas. Jackie Ray shot the photo at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin. The newspaper also did a special magazine-style publication on the 50th anniversary of the zoo.
A passion for history … Kirk Roberts Stell vigorously signals officers to break up a heated argument between Brandon Lewis and Stephanie Edge on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Paris, Texas. The argument occurred after Commissioners’ Court of Lamar County met about the re-locating of the Confederate Memorial. This photo is by Lora Arnold of The Paris News.
Hey, it's that time of year A classmate helps another with his cap before the Nacogdoches graduation ceremony Friday, June 2, at William R. Johnson Coliseum. This photo is from The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel by Tim Mozinga.
Wrapped in Old Glory In a ceremony honoring veterans, Vietnam veteran Don Gresham is buffeted by the American flag during gusty winds on Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29. This photo is from The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel and photographer Tim Monzingo.
Batter up! Baseball season got underway the first week in April, and this photo from last season nicely illustrates the perennial frustration of Houston Astros fans.

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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.


    Sally Boswell, Paris

    SNI employee of the month

    Relan Walker says February’s employee of the month, Sally Boswell, has proven herself a valuable member of the editorial team during a time of major transition. Boswell joined The Paris News team as a member of the composition department in 1981.



    Quote of the month

    “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. Any damn fool can do that, but it’s usually called ‘assault’ — not ‘leadership.’ I’ll tell you what leadership is. It’s persuasion, and conciliation, and education and patience. It’s long, slow, tough work. That’s the only kind of leadership I know, or believe in, or will practice.”

    — Dwight Eisenhower


    SNI photo of the month

    Photo by Kevin M. Cox

    Navy Midshipmen quarterback Zach Abey is sacked by Houston Cougars linebacker D'Juan Hines for a five-yard loss during the first quarter on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at TDECU Stadium in Houston. The Cougars beat the Midshipmen 24-14. Photo by Kevin M. Cox - Galveston County Daily News



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