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Demosthenian
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Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!

Putting the amazing town of Elberton, GA and the nationally famous Granite Bowl back on the map!

It’s been a generation since a state football title had them on top (AA ‘95 def. Lovett), and a half dozen since it overtook New Hampshire as the Granite Capital of the World!

Just like Elberton is famous for, he gave the Niners their tombstone with the winning catch from this instant classic!

Go Blue Devils! And go with granite!




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koreandawg
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
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Putting the amazing town of Elberton, GA and the nationally famous Granite Bowl back on the map!

It’s been a generation since a state football title had them on top (AA ‘95 def. Lovett), and a half dozen since it overtook New Hampshire as the Granite Capital of the World!

Just like Elberton is famous for, he gave the Niners their tombstone with the winning catch from this instant classic!

Go Blue Devils! And go with granite!


Went to a playoff game there in 93 or 94. Do you still get the old UGA scoreboards?


GoGators1995
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
Dude went from being stuck on the Jets after Rodgers went down to making the SB winning catch in the same season. Not too shabby.


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AwgustaDawg
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
Mecole Hardman is a stud and a DGD. I understand he has done a lot of good work in Elberton. Elberton is a unique place. I have family in the area and its “town” for them. Been to several games at the granite bowl…certainly unique, maybe the only such stadium and if not certainly one of few. Perfect small southern town on a Friday night for sure.

Family mostly live in Madison County though so for them….


Flintstones, meet the flintstones….

Not so long ago the Elberton sign bragged about the number of jobs the granite industry provided and the annual payroll. It amounted to about $9k a year per job LOL. This was through at least 2006 or so.


Demosthenian
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
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Went to a playoff game there in 93 or 94. Do you still get the old UGA scoreboards?
They still have the scoreboard UGA used in the 70/80’s. Not sure about any dibs on the next one.


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Demosthenian
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
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Not so long ago the Elberton sign bragged about the number of jobs the granite industry provided and the annual payroll
it’s a hard-working town proud of the industry they created. No need to offer a crappy comment. In the 50/60’s, it had the highest per capita earnings in the entire state


Demosthenian
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
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I have family in the area and its “town” for them.
I’ve had family in the area and the town for 250 pyears. Primarily in the Flatwoods area and Baker’s Ferry
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AwgustaDawg
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it’s a hard-working town proud of the industry they created. No need to offer a crappy comment. In the 50/60’s, it had the highest per capita earnings in the entire state



You can go to the square and unless you've lost your mind you will recognize there was quite a bit of wealth in the area at one time. I suspect there was a lot of cotton in the area at one time as well. That building where the SE Power Authority used to be was PALATIAL. Its moved to the Athens Tech campus now but that building is something else in a town the size of Elberton. I don't think the sign was accurate when it had the numbers on it...or it was based on some far earlier moment in time.

There is a funny aspect to the areas granite industry that used to be somewhat true but not any longer. It used to be that some of the quarry owners would mine granite until they made a small fortune and then quit and spent all of the money doing all kinds of stuff like buying planes and traveling etc. Farming was also one of the "hobbies" they'd blow a fortune on. When they were bankrupt or near it they'd do it all over again. I do not know this for certain but I have been told this by people who did indeed own granite sheds and quarries. I knod of admire it. Most of the quarries have been bought by large businesses and the granite sheds probably are forced to work year round now to prevent losing contracts. I also know from first hand experience that the quarries and granite sheds alike are some of the most "interesting" electrical work one is liable to find anywhere on the planet...how they do not kill themselves is a miracle.


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AwgustaDawg
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
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I’ve had family in the area and the town for 250 pyears. Primarily in the Flatwoods area and Baker’s Ferry



The family that I have in the area moved there in the early 90's, about the time that Lake Russell was coming into the consciousness of people outside the area. It has changed immensely. They live in Elbert and Madison Counties. Real estate prices in Madison County have gone insane. Its a great area, we though about retiring on Russell but the boat dock restriction kept us away. I like the idea of the restriction, the lake is absolutely nearly pristine, but I want to keep my boat in the water under cover most of the year.


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Leto II
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
He was a good kid. Always liked Mecole!
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theballguy
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
Dude played a great game. Way to rep the Dawgs


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Chip82
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
5 Dawgs were in the Super Bowl.

Chris Conley also made a couple of nice catches.

Mecole was on campus last Fall and was flashing his other Super Bowl ring.

The Chiefs apparently went out of their way to bring him back so their efforts paid off in a big way.


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Demosthenian
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
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I do not know this for certain but I have been told this by people who did indeed
You surely don’t. All of this sounds like a bunch of jibberish.Today there are 90 independently owned quarries in Elberton. I can’t even comprehend the rest to give a response.


theballguy
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
I used to work at a cemetery in College Park doing ground maintenance a LONG time ago. Our parent company ordered a lot of granite markers from companies in Elberton. Haven't thought of that job until I saw this pic.


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BigFolks6347
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re: Hometown hero Mecole Hardman!
Proud of Mecole. He’s a true Georgia man unlike the transplants from Atlanta.


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