Each year, the Citizen Patriot awards several recipients as Citizen of the Year. They ask the community to nominate those they believe are deserving of the award based on what they give back to the community in time and resources in activities or other functions that are not a part of their daily jobs or businesses. The winners are chosen by MLive/Citizen Patriot leadership. This year, Walton Insurance Group was named 2018 Corporate Citizen of the Year. Ric Walton accepted the award on behalf of the agency at the Jackson County Chamber Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration on January 25, 2018.