Game Day Patton Faith, 10, plays Connect 4 with his father during the Opening Day Street fest before a game between the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Minute Maid Park.
SNI Photo of the Month Vickey Reyes waves to cameras Friday with Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey at RiverPlace in Freeport. The two attended the Night in the Spotlight prom for students with special needs.
March Photo of the MonthLaissez les bons temps rouler Denise Reid twirls her umbrella while dancing under laser lights with other members of the Hot Flashers umbrella group before the annual Galveston County Daily News Funky Uptown Umbrella Parade in downtown Galveston on Friday, Feb. 22. The parade was part of the opening festivities of Mardi Gras Galveston 2019.
February Photo of the Month 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.
January Photo of the Month Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is introduced before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Dec. 30 at NRG Stadium. The Texans beat the Jaguars 20-3 to become the AFC South Division Champions.
BMX rider Koji Kraft, of ASA Entertainment, jumps over Navarro High School assistant principal John Pugh and Navarro High School counselor Robyn Steffen during the "No Place for Hate" performance on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Soggy Commute A woman rides her bicycle through high water past the Broadway Cemetery Historic District on 40th Street in Galveston on September 14. Heavy rains caused flooding on the island.
Kent McKee, left, and his wife, Gina McKee, second from right, watch with neighbors as fire consumes their newly renovated home on Cobb Ranch Road in Reno as firefighters from six departments coordinate to tackle the blaze. The home was a total loss.
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.

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.


    Mary Madewell, The Paris News

    SNI employee of the month

    From Relan Walker

    Mary Madewell is the epitome of a great reporter. Even after more than two decades (off and on) on the streets reporting for The Paris News, and a stint in the managing editor’s seat, Mary’s thirst for knowledge of local events and local people is never quenched.



    Quote of the month

    “We swing wildly between superhuman exertion and sullen withdrawal, always looking for the answers in our own goodness and wisdom instead of where they lie, out in the world.”/p>

    -George Packer, in his novel Our Man, Richard Holbrook and the end of the American Century


    SNI photo of the month

    Kevin M. Cox, Galveston County Daily News

    Patton Faith, 10, plays Connect 4 with his father during the Opening Day Street fest before a game between the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Minute Maid Park.



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