The latest version of BNS Featured Category is now available at WordPress.org as of Nov 14, 2009. The most significant change is the addition of an option to display the Category Description of the first category chosen. Here is the latest changelog, followed by a screenshot of the current options panel:
== Changelog == = 1.6 = * added option to display the description for the (first) category choice as taken directly from the Categories panel under Posts in the Dashboard * wrapped Category Description in its own class: 'bnsfc-cat-desc' * corrected issue with checkboxes not displaying their state correctly * Updated the screenshot to show the most recent version of the options panel
… and a thank you to Lucio Carvalho for giving me the idea for the latest feature, Display Category Description option.
NB: Minor correction to variable structure to allow for multiple instances of the plugin with independent post counts (version 1.6.1)