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Forget Washington. Help This Mayor Find His Goats.


A scene from “Small Town, Big Mayor” on UP TV. Mayor Berry is on the right.


Roughly 1,000 miles separate Washington from D’Lo, Miss., unless you’re talking about the political climate. Then you’d need to be measuring the difference in light-years. “Small Town, Big Mayor,” an impossibly cheery and lighthearted reality series that began this month on UP TV, follows John Henry Berry, the mayor of D’Lo, which has a few hundred residents, as he tackles his “95-point plan” to improve the community. In the latest episode, he was promoting environmentally friendly practices, including using goats to keep the ball field grass clipped, but there was a problem. “Apparently I didn’t fence them in as well as I thought I had,” he said. An episode-long hunt for the missing goats followed.

Mr. Berry is ebullient and self-deprecating, and his family and assorted local residents get in on the act. In the next episode, Thursday, Aug. 17, one of his sons finds himself on culvert-cleaning duty. It’s reality TV with a decided wink, and if nothing else a refreshing escape from the political headlines.

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