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Charity efforts began almost immediately after flames erupted and destroyed five buildings on Union Street Sunday morning. Those efforts include area organizations as well as online movements.

Residents of the far ends of West Union Street and South Couth Street are being allowed to return to their homes.

The Sunday morning fire damaged five buildings and shut a portion of West Union Street between Court and Congress streets.

Six people were injured, 30 Ohio University students were displaced and five buildings suffered extensive damage as a result of an early morning fire on Union Street in Athens.

Update 2:35 p.m.

Fire crews are cleaning up the scene of a fire that ripped through five buildings in uptown Athens Sunday early morning.

Ohio University Police Department is looking for the person who assaulted a female during the early morning hours of Veterans Day. 

Nelsonville Police arrest three people as a result of an investigation into recent burglaries.

In a joint effort, Nelsonville Police and Athens County Sheriff's deputies arrested the men at two different homes Thursday.

Dr. Anton Treuer, the executive director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, thinks all Indian references, as sports mascots, should be eliminated.

A Haga Ridge Road property owner told the Athens County Commissioners on Thursday that he will renew a lease of his land for a 911 tower if the county buys him a woodburner and generator.

A state Supreme Court justice says language on gay marriage, pro or con, doesn't belong in the Ohio Constitution, but he'd like to see that and the legal rights of same-sex couples addressed by the Legislature.

An internship program is being set up at the Athens County Dog Shelter for developmentally disabled clients of PersonnelPlus, but there is potential for it to expand to other county departments.