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)
Our company believes in its futureOur papers serve small towns and cities in the southeast and southwest. Serving those communities goes beyond just reporting the news. It means becoming a leader in each community.
Our company believes in its peopleIn spite of what some people feel about newspapers having a limited future, we believe there will always be demand for the information and service we provide — if we do our jobs well.
Carmage Walls"I believe our democracy and the way of life in the country could not be continued without our free press."
Carmage Walls"I believe that the editorial opinion is not as important and influential as it once was; but, nevertheless, it is still important. It is all important still to keep the public honestly informed."
Carmage Walls"I am convinced that too many newspapers are edited to please the publisher-owner-editor without enough regard to the reader."
Carmage Walls"I have two yardsticks by which to measure the efficiency of the editorial product:
number of stories in the allocated news space;
the qualitative factor in the construction of the story."
Carmage Walls"As to a newspaper's position in the controversial South relative to the integration problems, I am in favor of a middle road. I agree with the methods followed generally in North Carolina. We are a part of the United States, and we must so consider."
Carmage Walls"I believe it the duty of a news editor to cut the superfluous "hay" out of stories but give a greater number of stories in less space. By so doing you serve the majority of the reading public and keep them better informed."

Martha Ann Williams Walls, 87, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, Dec. 2, of natural causes. Mrs. Walls was a businesswoman, a loving mother, a valued friend and a great wit and storyteller. She was the widow of newspaper entrepreneur B. Carmage Walls and was chairman of the board of Southern Newspapers, Inc. of Houston.

  • lissa_vahldiek

    Lissa Vahldiek, CEO

    Lissa Walls Vahldiek, 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. Vahldiek lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Paul R. Vahldiek, Jr.

  • 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.


    Kim Patterson

    SNI employee of the month

    Kim Patterson, business manager, Sand Mountain Reporter Kim Patterson undoubtedly serves as the foundation for just about everything we do here at The Sand Mountain Reporter. She keeps a close watch on our expenses, unpaid accounts, new accounts that need to be paid, along with many, many items that keep this place going. Kim came to us in August 2010 as an advertising assistant, but was quickly promoted to business manager in February 2012.



    Quote of the month

    – Alain De Botton, from How to Think More About Sex

    “The entire Internet is in a sense pornographic, a deliverer of a constant excitement that we have no innate capacity to resist, a seducer that leads us down paths that for the most part do nothing to answer our real needs.”


    SNI photo of the month

    In the Pumpkin Patch

    Olivia 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.



    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: