I've written a good bit about short wave radios, but here are some radios that will keep you aware of what's going on in your neighborhood.
Due to terrain masking here in the mountains, I can't rely on the kind of range I had on the island, but I can talk to people in six different counties, largely because they are located in direct line of sight from me, through gaps in the mountains. It helps a lot that I am way up on top of one of the higher mountains in our area.
CB is a lost art now, largely displaced by cell phones and "sports radios." All of the people I talk to are older with the exception of one younger man who is using his dad's old equipment. For the most part, this kind of communication is handy if we have had snow, ice, or big thunderstorms because you can get first hand reports of conditions around you. It's also nice to visit with people and drink a cup of coffee. Lots of the CB types are up late at night, because that's also when "the skip is in" and you can talk to people all over the country. At night, the ionosphere cools and becomes denser. Instead of punching through and heading into space, your radio signal bounces back down to earth. You can't really control where it comes down, which limits your ability to pick where the receiving station is. It's all hit and miss on that , so your odds of talking to the same person again are slim to none.