A New Year’s Eve incident at Tappahannock Municipal Airport had townspeople talking yesterday, but there was little anxiety about reports linking the village of 2,000 to al-Qaida terrorism.

According to the FBI, an illegal alien tried to enter the airport late Tuesday afternoon, then fled.

And the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported yesterday that unnamed sources said a Tappahannock resident has been under investigation for some time on suspicion of financing or assisting al-Qaida.

Airport Manager John McDonald said the Virginia State Police pursued a car that tried to enter the airport grounds, then sped off at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. State police overtook the car and stopped it.

“I don’t know what happened,” McDonald said yesterday. “They’re pretty tight-lipped.”

Interesting. The rest of the story downplays the incident. That’s probably appropriate, but I can’t help but feel that there’s a lot of stuff going on at the moment that we’re not hearing about.