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.
Football Time in Texas Bay City Blackcat defensive end Ethan Ryman (11) and defensive lineman Russo Thomas (28) get to Panther quarterback Clayton Roberts for a big sack, causing an interception in the first quarter of Friday night?s game in Houston (Sept. 18). Photo by Brandon Cox.
Rising TideIn this photo, shot on August 22, Mason Shaw, 7, tosses his cast net in a low-lying area of Galveston Bay off Interstate 45 north of Galveston. The photo ran with an enterprise story titled “Rising seas and shrinking lands: Is Galveston prepared to combat sea level rise?”
Ring of FireStuart Villanueva of Galveston shot this spectacular photo while hanging upside down on a Ferris wheel. In it, Lacey Byrket, 11, and Madison Raanes, 13, both of Santa Fe, Texas, laugh and scream upside-down while riding the Ring of Fire at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in April. The picture will be the September photo of the month in Editor and Publisher magazine.
Fiery InfernoLeo B. Lytle III, who lives near Ryan Chapel Methodist Church off FM 2497 in Diboll, Texas, leans on a tree as he watches the front of the church collapse in flames recently. Lytle, associate pastor at Faith Family Church in Burke, is a woodworker and said he built the front doors of the Ryan Chapel church. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
Flying FielderJennifer Reynolds of Galveston says sometimes you just have to get lucky, as she did in snagging this great shot at a spring baseball game. Clear Creek (north Galveston County) left fielder Austin Adams makes a diving catch for the out in the second inning Saturday, May 23, against the Pearland Oilers at Jim Kethan Field in Deer Park.
Grand CharreadaA charro (cowboy) attempts to trip a steer on April 5, 2014 during the Grand Charreada at Diaz Ranch in New Braunfels. Herald-Zeitung photo Laura McKenzie.
Andy AdamsDiboll (TX) firefighters William Valentine and Ruben Terrazas battle a blaze that claimed three 18-wheeler cabs at Fleetwood Transportation on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lufkin in Burke. The blaze started with the center truck and quickly spread to the neighboring rigs, according to reports from the scene. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
Jennifer ReynoldsDaily News Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds was honored for this photo in the annual Southern Newspaper Publishers Association photo contest. Reynolds? image of police officers apprehending a murder suspect following a standoff in Texas City on Jan. 15 took third place in the spot news category. The award was given during the SNPA?s annual conference in Charlottesville, VA.
Van Vleck LeopardsBay City recently ran this creative shot by Brandon Cox. Van Vleck Leopards senior QB Coleby Calk and WR/DB Teran Casey do their signature handshake one final time before exiting the Leopard tunnel after halftime in the regional semi-final. The contest was held at Memorial Stadium in Victoria, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 28.
Tiny (Levitating) DancerAnya York, 5, jumps up and down while waiting backstage with other tiny dancers from the Galveston Ballet during the annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston. The event featured the lighting of the hotel's 35-foot tree, musical performances and a visit from Santa. STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News.
In the Pumpkin PatchOlivia Rose Randle, 2, looks for the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches. Photo by Andrew D. Brosig, The Daily Sentinel, published Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
ScoringSeventh-grader Jazquel Coleman goes over the top for a touchdown during Lufkin Middle School's seventh-grade "Super Bowl" recently. Coleman's score represented the only points for the White team, which finished the game in a 6-6 tie with the Purple team. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/The Lufkin News)
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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

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    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.


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    SNI employee of the month

    I would like to nominate Linda Stiefel, Fort Payne’s advertising director. 

    Linda Stiefel has been with the Times-Journal since 1986, 29 years. She has been the top sales person for 27 of those years. She took the place of Gloria Jackson in November 2012 as advertising director. 



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    “The choice between entitlement and humility is often the choice between frustration and contentment, between anger and joy. It can also represent the choice between success and failure. To be valued in the workplace, one must first demonstrate that they’re valuable. So before making demands, try making an effort. You’ll soon find that life works better that way.” – David French, writing in National Review Online


    SNI photo of the month

    Holly Parker - The Facts

    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.



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