Swimming with a purpose

CHARLOTTE — Michael, Gabrien and Velamir Karnaukh had the opportunity to swim alongside Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones for the ‘Laps for Love’ swim charity event Aug. 22, sponsored by the Charlotte Rescue Mission. Their grandparents, Vel and Cathy Pierce, have called Ashe County home for years, and Vel Pierce said his grandchildren enjoyed the opportunity.

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