I want to create a "recent news" section in the sidebar in my child theme. Basically, I am going to use posts as the news items. That being said, I am looking for a way to have the most recent posts with a title, an excerpt, and a link to the full story. I want to have like 5 maximum listed in the sidebar. So my first question is - does anyone know of a plugin that accomplishes this? (I know of plenty that show recent posts - heck, that is built in, but none that display the excerpt as well).
Secondly, how can I add the sidebar on only one page (static home page) using the hooks. But I would like to have the sidebar to have its own class as well so that I can edit the css without affecting the basic css rules for the regular sidebar. Thanks!