The News & Record
South Boston News & Record
and Mecklenburg Sun
Home   •   News   •   Sports   •   Classifieds   •   Community   •   Health   •   Entertainment   •   Obituaries   •   Opinions   •   Weather
Advertising | Contact | Register
Advanced Search
News

HCCA Walk of Hope slated Sept. 13

Police arrest three on drinking charges

Straw bale garden produces the goods without the grief

Growing vegetables from straw mound is easy and enjoyable

Sports

Halifax 13s win state title,  head for Dixie World Series

The Halifax Dixie Youth Baseball Junior Boys delivered a state championship on Sunday, defeating Madison Heights, 13-3, to move on to World Series competition in Bossier City, La.

Community


Opinion


A&E

News

Two local people have Halifax County ties to record $30 million N.C. alienation of affection case

SoVaNow.com / March 16, 2011
A woman from South Boston, Betty Carlton Devin, has been ordered to pay more than $10 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages to Carol Monsour Puryear, the ex-wife of Raleigh, N.C., trucking company owner Donald Puryear, who also grew up in Halifax County.

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox handed down the judgment against Devin on Monday in an alienation of affection lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court. According to court record, the settlement is the largest of its kind in North Carolina history. North Carolina is one of the few states – along with Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah – where the alienation of affection torte is still recognized.

In a successful alienation of affection suit, the plaintiff must prove that a third party acted maliciously to contribute to or cause the loss of affection in a marriage.

Devin did not appear in court and did not have legal representation present.

Raleigh attorney Stephanie T. Jenkins, the ex-wife’s attorney, said the award was not based on the defendant’s ability to pay, and that the court had no evidence of her financial status.

Jenkins said the Puryears were married in 1994 and have one child; they divorced in 2009.

Tell-a-Friend | Submit a Comment

1964

Classified Advertising

Buy and sell items in News & Record classifieds.