SNI Photo of the Month

Gustavo Silva, 12, kicks a soccer ball on the beach near the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston on Friday, May 28, 2021.  Silva and his family are visiting the island from Kansas City for the Memorial Day weekend.


Stuart Villanueva/Galveston County Daily News

SNI Photo of the MonthRhyann Houston, 4, and her friends watch the annual Mutton Bustin’ contest at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock on Sunday, April 11, 2021. 

Jennifer Reynolds/Galveston County Daily News

SNI Photo of the Month

Houston Cougars guard Tramon Mark (12) is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a three-point buzzer-beater to win the game against the Memphis Tigers on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the Fertitta Center.

Kevin M. Cox/Galveston County Daily News

SNI Photo of the Month A worker walks among vehicles of people waiting in line for COVID vaccinations at the coronavirus mass vaccination site at Walter Hall Park in League City on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Hundreds of people were turned away from the vaccination hub after scheduling and communication errors led to more people being invited to receive vaccinations than were ready and available.
SNI Photo of the Month

Registered nurses Bianchi Rivera, Frofel Malaga and Lixzena Jumoquio take a photo together with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to healthcare workers at CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport in Lake Jackson. The hospital received their first shipment of the vaccine that morning and began vaccinating their staff.

Facts photo/Jenna Kieser

January Photo of the MonthClear Creek head coach Scott Simonds congratulates his players after they defeated Pearland in five sets in a UIL Region III-6A bi-district playoff game at Clear Creek High School on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

(Galveston County Daily News/ Stuart Villanueva)

SNI Photo of the MonthAlma Hernandes Torres laughs while watching the Wurst Town Hoedown at Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The socially-distanced event featured law enforcement and firefighters modeling cowboy hats that were up for auction.

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung photo, Mikala Compton

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.

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.


    Bridget Terry — The Lawton Constitution

    SNI employee of the month

    Lawton Business Manager Bridget Terry has transformed the operation in the two years.

    After the paper’s acquisition by SNI, the organization had never fully converted to Brainworks and had run two systems for over a year.



    Quote of the month

    "What does it mean, two million runs? Absolutely nothing. But that’s what makes it fun."

    — JOHN THORN, Major League Baseball’s official historian, to the New York Times, as the sport approaches a milestone number in its history.


    SNI photo of the month

    Gustavo Silva, 12, kicks a soccer ball on the beach near the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston on Friday, May 28, 2021.  Silva and his family are visiting the island from Kansas City for the Memorial Day weekend.
    -Stuart Villanueva/Galveston County Daily News



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