November Photo of the MonthKase Bridgland, 5, falls off a sheep while participating in mutton bustin’ at the Brazoria County Fair in October.
Jenna Kieser/The Facts
October Photo of the Month Emerson Kokol works remotely from the CoWork Factory on Wednesday, Sept. 23. ...
-Mikala Compton, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
Facts photo/Prentice James Four-year-old prekindergarten student Liam Atherton sits at a desk that is shielded to combat COVID-19 spread as Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Richwood prepares for the upcoming school year.
SNI Photo of the Month

Houston Astros Abraham Toro, Myles Straw and Taylor Jones watch Jose Altuve bat in the bottom of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners as photo cutouts of player’s family members fill the front row behind them on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Minute Maid Park.

Hopeful Visitation

Hope Hospice nurse Angela Ochoa visits her patient, Eddie Zipp, through his window at Sundance Inn Health Center on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. 

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung photo/Mikala Compton

Barbers give haircuts to clients at The Elite Barber Shop on Friday, May 8, 2020. Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening orders allowed for cosmetology salons, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and tanning establishments to open on that day.

Mikala Compton, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

A woman holds up her hands in praise at the National Day of Prayer service at First Capitol Park in West Columbia.
SNI Photo of the Month

A woman holds up her hands in praise at the National Day of Prayer service at First Capitol Park in West Columbia.

Facts photo/KATIE FREZZA

Game Day Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker is pushed out of bounds by LA Wildcats safety Mar'Sean Diggs after leaping over cornerback Jaylen Dunlap during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at TDECU Stadium. The Roughnecks beat the Wildcats 37-17.
SNI Photo of the Month A few girls dance in the spotlight at the Snowflakes and Diamonds Gala on Jan. 11 at the Love Civic Center. The gala benefits the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society and REACH Center.

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.


    Maddy McCarty, The Facts

    SNI employee of the month

    Maddy McCarty not only did her usual phenomenal job helping run the newsroom, she did it without showering.



    Quote of the month

    “How do you document real life, when real life’s getting more like fiction each day?”

    — Rent, the musical, which premiered in 1996


    SNI photo of the month

    Kase Bridgland, 5, falls off a sheep while participating in mutton bustin’ at the Brazoria County Fair in October. -Jenna Kieser/The Facts



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